How much do we earn?
Slightly less than the national average, it turns out
Workers in the Chico Metropolitan Service Area, which includes all of Butte County, had an average hourly wage of $19.05 during May 2009, nearly 9 percent below the national average of $20.90, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released July 28. Wages were significantly higher than their respective national averages in just two of 22 major occupational groups. Here are the wage breakdowns for some of those groups.
|Occupational group||% of jobs
|Average hourly wage
|Business & financial operations||4.6/3.0||$31.68/$27.66|
|Architecture & engineering||1.8/0.9||$35.38/$31.82|
|Community & social services||1.0/0.7||$20.55/$21.32|
|Health-care practitioner and technical||5.5/6.5||$33.51/$35.02|
|Food prep and serving related||8.6/10.3||$10.04/$9.80|
|Personal care and service||2.6/3.5||$11.87/$11.05|
|Office & administrative support||17.1/17.4||$15.86/$15.10|
|Construction and extraction||4.4/3.9||$20.84/$20.51|
For more, go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_17020.htm#00-0000