Data shows average Spokane area worker makes $23.65 an hour, sixth highest wage in state
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new employment data for the Spokane and Spokane Valley region on Wednesday.
The statistics show the average hourly wage, across all occupations, in Spokane-Spokane Valley in May 2018 (the most recent data available) was $23.65. According to the BLS, that’s about five percent below the nationwide average of $24.98/hr and nearly five dollars under Washington state’s average of $28.56/hr.
Across Washington state, the Spokane-Spokane Valley region had the sixth highest hourly wage of all metropolitan areas surveyed.
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue – $31.44/hr
Kennewick-Richland – $26.29
Bremerton-Silverdale – $26.22
Olympia-Tumwater – $25.99
Mount Vernon-Anacortes – $24.05
Spokane-Spokane Valley – $23.65
Longview – $23.64
Bellingham – $23.58
Walla Walla – $23.26
Wenatchee – $21.98
The average annual wage in the Spokane region was found to be $49,200. That compares to the statewide average wage of $65,301, according to Washington State Employment Security Department data released in June.
The most common job in the Spokane-Spokane Valley area was found to be retail salespersons, with 9,310 workers averaging $14.24/hr.
The highest paid job was found to be “management occupations,” at $51.83/hr, followed by healthcare practitioners and technical occupations at $39.86/hr.
Catch up on the day’s news and look ahead to tomorrow by signing up for the Daily Local email newsletter from 4 News Now. Headlines, events, and staff picks every weeknight at 8 p.m. Sign up HERE to get your news on the D.L.
COPYRIGHT 2020 BY KXLY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS MATERIAL MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, REWRITTEN OR REDISTRIBUTED.