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Sacramento Workers Earn 10 Percent More Than National Average


If you're employed in the Sacramento area, you're likely earning more than people with the same job in other parts of the country. 

The average worker in the Sacramento area earned $26.30 an hour in May 2016.

Todd Johnson with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that's about 10 percent above the U.S. average.

"In California as a whole, the mean hourly wage is just a bit above the Sacramento figure at $27.00 an hour," says Johnson.

The average wage for Sacramento area healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was 28 percent above the national average. Johnson explains why:

"It could be both competition for the workers, it can also be the nature of the different establishments that these workers are at. When you have research hospitals or other types of specialty hospitals you'll see higher wages than you would otherwise," says Johnson.

The data also show management occupations in the area were the highest paid at $54.08 an hour, followed by legal occupations at about $51.00 an hour. 

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

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