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County average weekly wages, first quarter 2014

September 22, 2014

The U.S. average weekly wage was $1,027 in the first quarter of 2014, which was 3.8 percent higher than a year earlier. Of the 3,142 U.S. counties, 2,959 counties had average weekly wages below the U.S. average, while only 183 counties had average weekly wages above that of the United States.

Counties distributed by average weekly wages, first quarter 2014
Average weekly wage Number of counties

$372 to $530

225

$531 to $688

1,492

$689 to $847

906

$848 to $1,005

303

$1,006 to $1,164

115

$1,165 to $1,322

51

$1,323 to $1,481

22

$1,482 to $1,639

14

$1,640 to $1,798

4

$1,799 to $1,956

4

$1,957 to $2,115

5

$2,116 to $2,273

0

$2,274 to $2,432

0

$2,433 to $2,590

0

$2,591 to $2,749

1

New York County, New York (that is, Manhattan), had the highest average weekly wage, at $2,749, followed by North Slope Borough, Alaska, at $2,076. Delta County, Texas, had the lowest average weekly wage at $372, followed by Shannon County, Missouri, at $373.

Among the 339 largest counties, 323 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Chester, Pennsylvania (part of the Philadelphia area), had the largest wage increase among the largest U.S. counties (13.9 percent).

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. To learn more, see "County Employment and Wages: First Quarter 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-1713. For additional wage data at the national, county, state, and metropolitan area levels, access the QCEW Data Viewer tool. The histogram chart depicts the number of counties in each of 15 equal intervals that span the difference between the lowest average county wage and the highest.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, County average weekly wages, first quarter 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140922.htm (visited August 11, 2020).

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