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Average Annual Pay in Metropolitan Areas

Average annual pay of employees within the nation’s 313 metropolitan areas and Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas increased by 4.0 percent from 1995 to 1996, representing the largest over-the-year gain since 1992. Average annual pay was $30,250 in 1996, up from $29,099 in 1995. New York City led the nation with an average annual pay of $45,028 (6.5% 95-96 change) in 1996. San Jose, California had the second highest average annual pay ($44,819, 5.7% 95-96 change), followed by San Francisco, California ($40,016, 5.4% 95-96 increase).

Wyoming has two counties that qualify for metropolitan area designation: Natrona County, which includes the city of Casper, and Laramie County, which includes the city of Cheyenne. Casper, Wyoming had a 1996 average annual pay of $23,200 (2.6%) ranking 243rd among 313 metropolitan areas in growth; Cheyenne, Wyoming had a 1996 average annual pay of $21,999 (0.4%) ranking 276th in growth. Cheyenne was also among 13 metropolitan areas that experienced pay growth rates of less than one percent.

From 1995 to 1996, the largest percent average annual pay increase occurred in Boulder-Longmont, Colorado ($30,968, 8.9% due to a reporting change in state government), followed by Austin-San Marcos, Texas ($28,707, 6.6%), New York, New York ($45,028, 6.5%), Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington ($33,588, 6.5%) and Jersey City, New Jersey ($36,833, 6.4%). A total of 96 metropolitan areas experienced average annual pay increases of 4.0 percent or greater in 1996, as compared with 65 metropolitan areas in 1995.

For more information, please refer to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, News Bulletin USDL 97-315.

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