Seattle workers earn 23 percent more than national average, labor department says

 
 

New
BLS Data: Seattle workers earn 23% more than national average

 

The latest BLS News Release showing employment and wage data
for occupations in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division is
now available online at
http://www.bls.gov/ro9/oesseat.pdf.

Employment counts and average hourly rates of pay are
available for all jobs in the area.  Items of note include:

 

·        
The average
worker in the Seattle area earned $26.25/hr in May 2010, roughly 23% above the
U.S. average of $21.35/hr

·        
Management
occupations in the area were highest paid at $58.16/hr, followed by Legal
occupations at $45.68/hr

·        
Computer and
Mathematical occupations accounted for 6.4% of local employment, compared to
2.6% nationally

·        
The Seattle area
had the 8
th highest concentration of Computer and Mathematical jobs
out of 400+ metro areas nationwide

·        
Software
Application Developers averaged $46.49/hr locally, and had a total employment
count of 23,630

·        
2 occupational
groups each had over 10% of the total area employment: Office and
Administrative Support (15.0%), and Sales and Related (10.7%)

 

 

 

Example of detailed data available:

 




Major occupational group

Percent of total employment

Average hourly wage

United States

Seattle

United States

Seattle

Total, all
occupations

100.0%

100.0%

 

$21.35

$26.25

Management

4.7

5.4

50.69

58.16

Business and financial operations

4.8

6.6

32.54

35.38

Computer and mathematical

2.6

6.4

37.13

42.94

Architecture and engineering

1.8

3.6

36.32

39.38

Life, physical, and social science

0.8

1.3

31.92

32.86

Community and social service

1.5

1.3

20.76

21.25

Legal

0.8

0.9

46.60

45.68

Education, training, and library

6.7

4.9

24.25

26.25

(cont…)