Boise-area workers make 12 percent lower wages than U.S. average

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJune 4, 2014 

Treasure Valley workers make 12 percent lower wages than the U.S. average, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Boise-Nampa metropolitan area's average hourly wage in May 2013 was $19.74, compared with the national average of $22.33, the BLS said.

Richard J. Holden, the regional BLS commissioner, said none of the 22 major occupational categories had significantly higher wages in the Boise metro area than nationally. But 20 of those categories — such as management, computers and math — had significantly lower pay.

Legal jobs paid the most in the Treasure Valley, at $41.86 per hour. Management jobs were second, with an average $39.73 hourly wage.

But most people don't work in those areas.

Retail salespeople made up 9,250 jobs in the Boise-Nampa metro area, followed by customer service representatives with 8,910 jobs and office clerks with 6,350 jobs.

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