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Average Salary by Sector, 2020

What does this measure?

The average annual salary paid to workers in each economic sector.

Why is this important?

Salaries are a gauge of overall economic health and a measure of the degree to which employees are sharing in the prosperity of a community or specific economic sector. They also indicate the vitality of specific sectors and the demand for workers in those sectors.

How is our region doing?

Yearly salaries in MetroWest averaged $86,400 in 2020. The highest-paid sectors in the region were Information ($150,000), Professional and Business Services ($132,700), Financial Activities ($110,000) and Manufacturing ($108,500). The lowest-paid sector was Leisure and Hospitality ($30,000). This was similar to the state and nation, where the Financial Activities ($159,00 and $106,400, respectively) and Information sectors ($140,600 and $131,700, respectively) were the two highest earning sectors.

Notes about the data

Data have been converted to 2018 dollars. Industries in which most of the workforce is full time (e.g., Manufacturing) will appear to pay significantly higher wages than ones that employ many part-timers (e.g., Retail or Leisure and Hospitality).

Average Salary by Sector, 2020
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$67,096$56,280$106,433$70,192$56,330$131,746$26,238$73,452$61,165$44,142$84,394$53,089$64,021
Massachusetts$84,992$70,022$158,969$83,336$62,340$140,582$30,576$96,190$64,625$46,397$124,291$61,490$83,738
Region$86,669$74,784$110,028$84,099$58,035$150,020$29,967$108,486$68,467$46,894$132,744$61,930$86,416
Middlesex County$89,731$89,101$116,871$88,997$60,499$168,729$29,879$126,219$91,247$47,988$146,818$66,013$99,592
Norfolk County$89,802$65,411$109,578$84,583$55,497$99,216$36,020$91,979$40,213$50,386$102,591$62,328$74,760
Worcester County$74,998$61,034$93,944$73,745$55,821$89,757$23,406$81,400$40,593$39,504$82,450$53,599$62,649

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




Total Salary by Sector, 2020
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$495,196,271,787$680,043,757,774$880,723,656,571$525,054,343,933$1,213,588,438,818$374,813,056,933$346,058,638,531$891,446,125,005$109,386,461,960$175,882,606,183$1,731,469,442,939$1,472,822,918,575$8,905,606,771,748
Massachusetts$13,066,895,955$23,877,222,604$33,838,503,977$11,662,394,824$38,777,399,485$13,331,078,415$8,163,097,203$22,098,781,254$719,538,737$4,592,936,369$73,198,281,826$33,660,958,953$278,359,819,682
Region$6,762,114,973$9,282,164,424$8,986,768,245$4,276,500,426$13,871,226,179$8,204,567,475$3,288,122,262$13,182,222,532$376,501,358$1,956,506,367$42,669,991,176$15,110,444,091$130,626,603,495
Middlesex County$3,667,833,997$5,015,824,891$4,453,610,426$2,438,594,689$7,057,544,801$6,835,906,290$1,730,447,675$8,712,292,810$276,842,585$1,102,142,230$34,580,359,347$8,019,825,014$86,508,845,518
Norfolk County$1,870,763,851$1,892,589,050$3,084,066,192$847,440,720$2,835,176,534$1,009,724,062$985,336,646$1,717,620,035$42,665,655$525,375,963$5,124,820,278$3,745,299,999$23,682,760,094
Worcester County$1,223,517,125$2,373,750,483$1,449,091,627$990,465,017$3,978,504,844$358,937,123$572,337,941$2,752,309,687$56,993,118$328,988,174$2,964,811,551$3,345,319,078$20,434,997,883

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




INDICATORS REGIONAL TREND
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Share of Workers who are Professionals, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
School Spending Per Student Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Share of Workers who are Professionals, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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