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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.




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Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Not Applicable
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80/20 Income Ratio Not Applicable
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Homelessness Not Applicable


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