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Sacramento-Area Wages Higher Than National Average

Capital Public Radio File

Capital Public Radio File

There's a good chance you're earning more money if you work in the four-county Sacramento area, compared to people doing the same work in other parts of the United States.

May 2017 data released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Sacramento-area wages were about 9 percent higher than the nationwide average.

"That works out to be close to $26.50 for Sacramento as opposed to a bit over $24.00 an hour for the United States," says BLS Economist Todd Johnson. "Sacramento is ninth in the U.S. in terms of metropolitan areas and sixth in California for overall wages. That is up a few points."

Johnson says the difference between national and local wages is even higher for some job sectors.

"In particular, healthcare practitioners earn about 27 percent above the national average for that occupational group," says Johnson.

On the flip side, people who work in media, entertainment, arts and design make 8 percent below the national average.

"The higher paying jobs are in management occupations, which is fairly common among all metropolitan areas," says Johnson. "Relatively lower paying jobs are in production and in the hospitality and food service occupations."

For example, waitresses in the Sacramento area had an average hourly wage of $14.00 last year, while administrative service managers made about $48.00. 

The data also show Sacramento has a lot of tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents. They were employed at 8.7 times the national rate.


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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