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Comparing metropolitan area pay by occupation.

Average pay in the San Francisco metropolitan area in 2006 was 19 percent above the national average, and was the highest among the metropolitan areas studied by the National Compensation Survey (NCS). In contrast, pay was lowest in the Brownsville, Texas, metropolitan area, with a pay relative of 78, meaning that Brownsville workers earned an average of 78 cents for every dollar earned by workers nationwide.

Using data from the NCS, pay relatives--a means of assessing pay, differences--are available for each of the 9 major occupational groups within 78 metropolitan areas, as well as averaged across all occupations for each area. Area-to-area comparisons have been calculated for all 78 areas and are available at www.bls.gov/ncs/ ocs/payrel.htm.

Find out more in "Occupational Pay Comparisons Among Metropolitan Areas, 2006," USDL news release 07-1455.
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Title Annotation:Labor Month In Review
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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