Hourly earnings highest in Middle Atlantic
July 10, 2001
Workers in the Middle Atlantic—defined as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—had the highest average hourly earnings of any region of the country in 1999.
Private industry and State and local government workers in Middle Atlantic States averaged $17.84 per hour in 1999. The next highest hourly earnings were in New England, with a mean of $17.18, and in the Pacific States, with a mean of $16.87. The area with the lowest hourly earnings was East South Central, where the average was $12.13 per hour.
In the country as a whole, hourly earnings averaged $15.36 for private industry and State and local government workers in 1999.
These data on earnings are a product of the BLS National Compensation Survey. Additional information is available from National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, 1999 , (PDF 954K), BLS Summary 01-03. Geographic areas in this article are referred to as "census divisions." Note that the Middle Atlantic census division includes the New York City metropolitan area—which consists of parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut—and the Philadelphia area—which consists of parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hourly earnings highest in Middle Atlantic on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/july/wk2/art02.htm (visited January 21, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.