Pay comparisons between metropolitan areas in 2010
May 27, 2011
Average pay for civilian workers in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, California, metropolitan area (one of 77 metropolitan areas studied by the National Compensation Survey (NCS)) was 20 percent above the national average in 2010.
The Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas, metropolitan area had a pay relative of 80, meaning workers earned an average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by workers nationwide.
The chart shows the four highest and three lowest paying metropolitan areas among those studied by the NCS. The fourth lowest paying were Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Tallahassee, Florida, tied at 88.
Using data from the NCS, pay relatives—a means of assessing pay differences—are available for each of the nine major occupational groups within surveyed metropolitan areas, as well as averaged across all occupations for each area, and can be found at www.bls.gov/ncs/ocs/payrel.htm. The average pay relative nationally for all occupations and for each occupational group equals 100.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Pay comparisons between metropolitan areas in 2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110527.htm (visited October 25, 2014).
Three recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.
BLS Statistics by Occupation provides an overview of occupational employment and wages with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.