Tacoma workers earn near the national average, said labor report

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Workers in the Tacoma-Lakewood metropolitan area had an average hourly wage of $24.42 in May 2017, near the nationwide average of $24.34, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Assistant BLS Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 12 of the 22 major occupational groups, including protective service; production; and construction and extraction. Six groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal; management; and computer and mathematical.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in seven of the 22 occupational groups, including construction and extraction; transportation and material moving; and food preparation and serving related. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including computer and mathematical; production; and management.

Items of note in the report include:

  • The average worker in the Tacoma area earned $24.42/hr in May 2017, near the U.S. average of $24.34/hr;
  • Management occupations in the area were highest paid at $52.37/hr, followed by legal occupations at $41.00/hr;
  • The average wage for protective service occupations was 34 percent above the national average; and
  • Office and administrative support occupations accounted for the largest share of local employment at 14.5 percent.

For a complete listing of detailed occupational statistics for Tacoma-Lakewood, WA visit: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_45104.htm

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