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.

  1. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue - $31.44/hr
  2. Kennewick-Richland - $26.29
  3. Bremerton-Silverdale - $26.22
  4. Olympia-Tumwater - $25.99
  5. Mount Vernon-Anacortes - $24.05
  6. Spokane-Spokane Valley - $23.65
  7. Longview - $23.64
  8. Bellingham - $23.58
  9. Walla Walla - $23.26
  10. 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.

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