Houston-Area Hourly Wages 8 Percent Above Nationwide Average

A Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows workers in Greater Houston earn $1.73 more per hour, on average, than their counterparts around the country.


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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says workers in Greater Houston earned an average hourly wage of $24.44 in May 2014, the latest month for which statistics are available. That’s about 8 percent higher than the national average of $22.71.

The BLS study tracked twenty-two occupational categories. It found the percentage of workers in architecture and engineering in Houston was nearly twice the mean.

“Workers in that category get almost a 30 pay premium compared to the national average,” says Cheryl Abbot, regional economist for bureau’s Southwest office in Dallas. “And because we’re talking about Houston, a great number of those occupations probably are related to oil and gas production or extraction.”

The study shows the Houston area is short of workers in nearly half the occupational categories. The deepest shortfalls are in healthcare support and education.


Occupational Employment and Wages in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, May 2014

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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