Economy And Workforce
Average Salary by Sector, 2017


Average Salary by Sector, 2017

What does this measure?

The average annual salary paid to workers in each economic sector.

Why is this important?

Salaries are a gauge of overall economic health and a measure of the degree to which employees are sharing in the prosperity of a community or specific economic sector. They also indicate the vitality of specific sectors and the demand for workers in those sectors.

How is our county doing?

Yearly salaries in Essex County averaged $58,000 in 2017. The highest paid sectors in the county were Manufacturing ($93,000), Financial Activities ($86,000) and Professional and Business Services ($83,000). The lowest paid sector was Leisure and Hospitality ($23,000). This was a bit different from the state and nation, where the Financial Activities ($136,000 and $93,000, respectively) and Information sectors ($109,000 and $102,000, respectively) that were the two highest earning sectors.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County's overall average salary was below the comparison counties. Middlesex, MA had the highest ($83,000), followed by Lake County, IL ($73,000) and Westchester, NY ($72,000). The highest paid sectors were similar across all the counties, though a few of the counties had very high salaries in individual sectors: Financial Activities in Westchester, NY ($135,000) and Information in Middlesex ($141,000).

Notes about the data

Data have been converted to 2017 dollars. 2018 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2019. Industries in which most of the workforce is full time (e.g., Manufacturing) will appear to pay significantly higher wages than ones that employ many part-timers (e.g., Retail or Leisure and Hospitality).

Average Salary by Sector, 2017
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
Essex County, MA$71,353$54,101$86,336$69,349$47,884$82,368$22,777$92,692$45,960$29,583$83,172$45,510$58,191
Middlesex County, MA$77,872$79,443$100,831$77,857$53,273$141,272$25,423$114,657$83,440$40,172$121,357$58,764$82,504
Lake County, IL$74,709$53,250$91,950$63,345$53,752$60,461$30,129$119,296$42,083$38,300$83,734$68,174$72,533
Westchester County, NY$76,377$51,931$135,327$76,745$59,547$87,366$29,321$101,616$50,549$38,683$109,518$52,712$71,576
Massachusetts$75,473$61,759$135,895$76,112$55,847$109,482$26,841$88,107$61,332$37,083$102,369$52,373$69,942
United States$60,520$49,322$92,718$63,229$50,168$101,823$23,460$66,894$56,856$37,385$72,459$46,861$55,375

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




Total Salary by Sector, 2017
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
Essex County, MA$986,457,315$1,638,625,675$1,076,184,349$800,630,798$3,181,961,786$537,205,191$818,477,204$3,645,952,516$28,632,938$366,123,076$3,226,675,365$2,528,424,487$18,909,649,376
Middlesex County, MA$3,224,348,617$4,626,446,795$3,760,504,917$2,021,878,010$6,525,825,949$5,942,896,549$1,990,848,228$8,463,543,776$218,695,980$1,087,227,228$25,935,108,348$8,016,164,269$74,295,922,866
Lake County, IL$946,415,938$1,484,489,662$1,779,787,620$574,414,065$1,809,454,803$264,697,562$1,048,255,459$6,094,339,676$25,165,428$357,412,041$4,931,917,225$4,936,991,980$24,291,932,450
Westchester County, NY$2,130,228,769$846,213,133$3,814,726,133$1,697,063,913$4,397,342,123$689,932,218$1,240,133,031$1,348,541,388$17,287,840$799,225,864$6,405,290,462$4,219,707,182$30,490,446,992
Massachusetts$11,567,931,979$21,915,530,008$29,544,919,422$10,377,595,139$36,135,058,750$10,686,602,440$10,061,165,497$21,549,990,595$568,734,401$4,415,493,290$58,471,618,579$31,730,450,367$247,684,448,575
United States$429,219,436,397$617,986,458,728$756,643,817,565$463,441,545,376$1,068,163,155,268$300,149,688,564$384,082,368,700$833,217,750,254$107,498,952,213$167,085,691,233$1,486,933,743,357$1,337,053,579,649$7,966,329,559,854

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Bullying Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Increasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Increasing
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining