Average pay in the Seattle metro area came in well above the national average in 2009, according to a new report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The national average equals 100. For all occupations, Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia was calculated at 110 for all occupations. In production work, the metro area rated a national high 117 (thanks, aerospace), with 105 for management, business and financial jobs. Professional: 106; service jobs: 119; sales, 112; office and administrative support 106; construction and extraction, 111; installation, maintenance and repair, 101. Elsewhere in the region, Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton turned in a 105 for all occupations.
Nationally, the Bay Area was the leader (120) while Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas, came in last (79). Something probably not lost on Boeing site selectors: The Charleston, S.C., area occupational pay average was a 93.
Even so, the high pay nationally universally goes to the places with the best-educated and most highly skilled workforce, the most scientific and research power, the finest universities, the most diverse, innovative and outward-looking economies.
An interactive map of the survey is available here.
Today’s Econ Haiku:
So a Yank will lead
old British Petroleum
Slick politics, sure