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Workers in Northeast and Far West Receive the Highest Pay

According to a comprehensive survey conducted by Connecticut publisher Business & Legal Reports, pay rates in the Northeast (CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA) and Far West (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) exceeded all other regions of the country. The survey, which collected salary and wage information for nearly 500,000 employees in 92 different vocations, uncovered the largest variations in pay were between employees in the Far West and the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX).


Jobs on the low end of the pay scale tended to have the largest differences in pay among regions. Most hourly jobs, such as clerk-typist, executive secretary, and maintenance worker varied 25-40% between regions. Plumbers had the greatest disparity in earnings among regions. In the Far West region, plumbers earned an average of $27.08 per hour compared with $15.59 in the South.

Regional differences in pay were far less glaring among salaried employees. Human resource managers averaged an annual salary of $57,908 in the South, compared with $63,979 in the West, a mere 11% difference. Most salaried jobs varied by 14-24% among regions. Some examples included: Controller, $82,327 in the Northeast, $68,012 in the Central/ Southwest; Programmer, $49,757 in the Northeast, $41,972 in the South; and Accounting Manager, $58,866 in the Northeast, $47,844 in the South.


Employers who seek to hire and retain the most productive employees know how important it is to remain aware of trends in pay. “Employers can use information like the data in the BLR surveys to insure that they remain one step ahead of the competition,” said Kimberly Ryan, Managing Editor of, a popular website specializing in human resource compliance.

BLR publishes the annual compensation surveys from data received from over 4,500 employers nationwide. Results of the surveys are reported nationally, regionally, by size of employer, by public vs. private sector, by exempt and non-exempt, and by type of employer. For a free synopsis of the survey, contact Jason Leiser at and include your mailing address. Visit BLR’s Web site at or call them at 1-800-727-5257 for a free 30-day trial of any product.