Puget Sound area workers earn 27% more than national average | Bureau of Labor Statistics

The latest BLS News Release showing employment and wage data for occupations in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, metropolitan area is now available online at

Employment counts and average rates of pay are available for all jobs in the area.  Items of note include:

  • The average worker in the Seattle area earned $28.36/hr in May 2013, about 27% above the U.S. average of $22.33/hr
  • Management occupations in the area were highest paid at $59.30/hr, followed by legal occupations at $49.49/hr
  • Computer and mathematical occupations accounted for 8.0% of total local employment, compared to 2.8% nationwide
  • The average wage for computer and mathematical occupations was 25% above the national average
  • Office and administrative support occupations accounted for the largest share of local employment at 13.5%
  • The Seattle metropolitan area had the largest number of Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers nationwide (13,820)


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