Meager wages, anyone?

Chicoans definitively aren’t rolling in riches

If it’s ever felt like wages in Chico are low, it’s because they are. Recently released statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show that, in 2014, workers in the Chico metropolitan area earned about 10 percent less than the national average—$20.50/hour compared with $22.71/hour. Food prep and serving-related jobs earn locals an average of $10.10/hour, the lowest of the major occupations. Legal professionals, such as lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants, were the highest paid, at $47.65/hour, followed by management positions at $44.64/hour. The largest group, those in office and administrative support jobs, earned about $16.50/hour.