Washington, Bradford lead wage-growth in PA

Posted March 26, 2012

Pittsburgh Business Times

The Marcellus Shale-booming counties of Bradford and Washington led Pennsylvania in percentage of wage growth between 2009 and 2010, according to an On Numbers analysis.

The analysis found that both Bradford and Washington were in the top 100 of the nation's highest wage growth in the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis' average wage per job. The two were the highest in Pennsylvania as well.

Bradford, with a 5.7 percent increase to $36,674 was No. 33. Washington, with a 4.42 percent increase to $42,491, was No. 94.

On Numbers from American City Business Journals, which owns the Pittsburgh Business Times, found that the top of the list was Santa Clara County, Calif., where average wages rose 10.81 percent to $90,208. New York City and Mecklenburg, N.C., also saw increases above 5 percent.

In other southwestern Pennsylvania counties:

  • Butler saw a 4.17 percent increase to $40,711 to rank No. 108.
  • Fayette County saw a 3.51 percent increase to $32,675 to rank No. 201.
  • Westmoreland County saw a 2.93 percent increase to $37,315 to rank No. 330.
  • Allegheny County's average wage per job rose 2.64 percent to $36,355 to rank No. 417.
  • Beaver County's average wage per job increased 1.98 percent to $37,716 to rank No. 619.