Friday, July 1, 2011

New Wage Data available from the Department of Workforce Services

The latest wage data covering nearly 600 occupations in Utah is now available from the Department of Workforce Services (DWS).  The wage data is available online in a searchable database at
The data is broken out into ten geographic areas:
  • Statewide
  • The Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA):  Salt Lake, Tooele, Summit Counties
  • The Ogden-Clearfield MSA:  Weber, Davis, Morgan Counties
  • The Provo-Orem MSA:  Utah, Juab Counties
  • The Logan MSA:  Cache County
  • The St. George MSA:  Washington County
  • Box Elder and Rich Counties
  • Central Rural counties:  Millard, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne Counties
  • Southwest Rural Counties:  Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane Counties
  • Eastern Rural counties:  Wasatch, Duchesne, Daggett, Uintah, Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan
Some highlights from this release:
  • Workers in the Salt Lake City MSA realized the state’s highest 2010 median annual wage, at $32,870, and the rural southwest counties posted the lowest median annual rate, at $27,200. The state median was $31,290.
  • The highest paid jobs were physicians, top managers, engineers, and other professionals with earnings in excess of $100,000 per year. The lowest paid were service and hospitality-related jobs with pay of under $9.00 per hour.
  • Examples of more common occupations and their median wages are accountant ($27.17), carpenter ($17.78), registered nurse ($28.41), secretary ($13.68), telemarketer ($11.20), and heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver ($19.12)
Wage data comes from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, conducted annually by the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

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