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Average Salary by Sector

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Average Salary by Sector, 2018

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 $74,900 in 2018. The highest-paid sectors in the region were Information ($134,900), Professional and Business Services ($114,900), Manufacturing ($99,100), and Financial Activities ($99,960). The lowest-paid sector was Leisure and Hospitality ($25,930). This was similar to the state and nation, where the Financial Activities ($144,500 and $95,400, respectively) and Information sectors ($117,800 and $110,000, 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). 2019 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2020.

Average Salary by Sector, 2018
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$62,498$50,884$95,353$65,649$51,494$110,004$24,343$68,585$59,605$38,544$75,083$48,361$57,265
Massachusetts$78,862$63,263$144,520$78,267$56,441$117,783$27,816$88,581$61,301$38,665$107,872$53,902$72,647
Region$79,909$66,814$99,958$77,366$52,305$134,859$25,932$99,092$64,378$40,125$114,914$54,463$74,878
Middlesex$81,195$80,292$105,352$81,077$54,371$154,970$26,108$113,622$82,119$41,581$126,667$58,537$85,574
Norfolk$85,449$57,106$102,118$78,652$50,754$87,161$30,061$86,541$39,004$42,550$92,993$53,304$66,157
Worcester$69,248$54,859$83,334$68,884$49,979$68,436$20,691$76,218$36,321$33,288$74,219$47,401$55,444

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2018 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




Total Salary by Sector, 2018
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$462,460,256,977$643,593,138,119$786,885,913,088$486,657,128,077$1,117,782,389,180$325,352,893,001$405,745,206,108$870,824,340,133$115,829,370,014$174,791,761,946$1,580,926,152,950$1,386,931,540,379$8,367,421,504,996
Massachusetts$12,598,394,850$22,772,282,129$31,475,892,457$10,744,596,936$36,554,152,773$11,502,961,287$10,604,147,531$21,693,546,723$588,798,996$4,658,398,016$63,713,975,348$32,598,681,347$260,208,593,785
Region$6,568,094,861$8,865,100,117$8,391,941,296$3,808,935,820$13,154,040,678$7,759,097,539$3,948,641,940$12,925,722,076$296,845,927$2,021,275,539$36,758,152,238$14,662,482,066$121,741,123,505
Middlesex$3,530,508,377$4,782,172,943$4,048,270,833$2,134,747,249$6,717,462,020$6,476,808,157$2,101,565,067$8,416,772,568$228,454,099$1,136,295,846$28,960,578,142$7,891,200,025$78,975,136,796
Norfolk$1,881,844,052$1,815,924,203$2,987,666,845$777,321,603$2,777,536,068$954,411,749$1,161,456,884$1,784,998,214$28,511,675$541,111,250$5,080,777,689$3,612,880,195$23,407,302,390
Worcester$1,155,742,432$2,267,002,971$1,356,003,618$896,866,968$3,659,042,590$327,877,633$685,619,989$2,723,951,294$39,880,153$343,868,443$2,716,796,407$3,158,401,846$19,358,684,319

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2018 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




INDICATORS TREND
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
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 Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
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
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Decreasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Decreasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults 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
Household 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 Rent Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing


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