New report states Tucson wages below national average - Tucson News Now

New report states Tucson wages below national average

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

How does a Tucson worker's pay stack up to other workers around the U.S.?  A new report just released by the U.S. Department of Labor shows Tucson workers are making less than the national average.

According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average pay brought home by a worker in Tucson is nine percent less than the national average, including teachers, office administration and support staff.

The average wage in Tucson is about $20.40, compared to the national average of $22.33.  According to the report 12 industries made significantly less in Tucson compared to other areas around the country; as much as 30 percent less for those who are lawyers or paralegals. 

And those working in management, the arts or in the media are on average making as much as 25 percent less than someone doing the same job in other parts of the country. 

Which industries are people working in more and more in Tucson?  The new report is saying Tucsonans work more in office and administrative support roles, protective service and personal care compared to the national average. 

Even though wages are lower in Tucson, the report does not go into how wages are determined, like cost of living and education.

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