Average pay this year is up to $39,100 annually, or $18.80 hourly, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The range of salaries has also increased, starting from under $21,700 to over $60,090 per year, which equals $10.43 to $28.89 per hour.
- The best paying industry remains the same: aerospace product and parts manufacturing. However, mean salaries dropped by just over 1 percent to $61,230 annually, or $29.44 hourly. Natural gas distribution rises from third to second place, averaging an annual $57,820, or $27.80 per hour. Debuting in third is the U.S. Postal Service, with mean pay of $55,890 per year, or $26.87 per hour.
- The top-paying states differ this year. North Dakota leads with mean salaries at $48,180 per year, or $23.16 per hour. Alaska is next, averaging $45,990 annually, or $22.11 hourly. Last year’s best-paying state, Nebraska drops to third with mean wages at $45,180 a year, or $21.72 an hour.
- City salaries have increased. Napa, California, moves up to first from second for pay, averaging $55,950 yearly, or $26.90 hourly. San Jose, in the same state, drops from first to second, with a mean salary of $53,250 per year, or $25.60 per hour. New on the list is Sandusky, Ohio, in third, averaging $53,050 annually, or $25.51 hourly.
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