By Rachel Pritchett
Wage-earners are better off in Kitsap County than the rest of
the nation, according to data sent today from the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.
The average worker in Kitsap County earned $23.03 an hour in May 2011, the latest measurement available, which was about 6 percent higher than the national average of $21.74 an hour. The prevalence of skilled, federal-government jobs typically is cited for the reason local wages exceed the national average.
In Kitsap County, management occupations were the highest paid, at $49.44 an hour, followed by architecture and engineering occupations at $38.95 an hour.
Architecture and engineering occupations accounted for 5.4 percent of total local employment, compared to only 1.8 percent nationwide.
The average wage for production occupations locally was 49 percent above the national average.
Office and administrative support occupations in Kitsap County accounted for the largest share of local employment at 14.9 percent.
Those are the highlights. For more detail, go to http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_14740.htm. Just FYI when you’re digging around the data, the Bremerton-Silverdale area described translated to the entire county.