Idaho workers earn 84 percent of national average, latest statistics show

May 9, 2013 

The average wage for Idaho workers was $18.48 in 2012, ranking the Gem State 45th among the 50 states, the Idaho Department of Labor announced Thursday.

In the Boise-Nampa metro area, the average wage was $19.53 per hour – higher than in other parts of Idaho but 11 percent lower than the national average of $22.01 per hour, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Idaho’s national standing dropped a little from the previous year, with workers earning 84 percent of the national average. In 2011, Idaho’s average wage was 85.2 percent of the U.S. average, and the state ranked 44th in the nation.

Idaho’s median wage, where half the workers make more and half make less, was $14.58 an hour in 2012, or 87.3 percent of the national median wage. That’s down from 87.6 percent in 2011.

Management occupations were the highest paid, with an average $39.63 in the Boise-Nampa area. Legal occupations came in second, with an average $39 per hour.

The biggest category of local jobs was office and administrative support occupations, which account for 17.3 percent of all Boise-Nampa area jobs and paid an average of $15.21 per hour.

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