Pierce County workers, on average, earn 49 cents more per hour than the rest of the United States, according to federal statistics released Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s twice-yearly report on wages shows the average hourly wage for all jobs in Pierce County to be $21.39, more than the national average of $20.90.
Workers in King and Snohomish counties earn an average of $25.60 an hour.
• Pierce County workers in 12 of 22 groups earn wages significantly higher than their national counterparts, including health care practitioners and construction workers. Five groups earn wages significantly lower, including those in legal, arts and computer science.
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• The county’s highest average hourly wages are in management ($50.35), health care ($38.15), architecture/engineering ($34.52), computer science ($33.09) and legal ($32.55).