Economy
Average Salary by Sector


Average Salary by Sector

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 a specific economic sector. They also indicate the vitality of specific sectors and their demand for workers.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, the three highest-paid sectors in Berks County were Financial Activities, with an average salary of $79,800, Construction, at $60,500, and Professional and Business Services, at $59,200. Salaries were higher at both the state and national level in two of these sectors. For example, the average salary for Financial Activities was 2% higher in Pennsylvania, at $81,200, and 10% higher nationally, at $87,500.

Similar to Berks, Financial Activities was the highest-paid sector in Chester, Lancaster and Montgomery counties. Professional and Business Services ranked highest in Lehigh County. In Schuylkill County, the Manufacturing sector received the highest average salary, while Information was the highest-paid sector in Lebanon County.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2015 dollars. Industries in which most of the workforce is part-time (such as Leisure and Hospitality) may appear to pay even lower salaries than they do in comparison with sectors that have more full-time workers. Data for this indicator for 2016 are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2017.

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Average Salary by Sector
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$57,711$47,561$87,516$60,715$48,376$94,120$22,453$64,113$55,395$35,541$69,067$44,924$52,953
Pennsylvania$60,378$53,789$81,189$57,283$47,767$73,083$19,949$59,064$56,383$31,537$72,181$43,113$51,806
Berks County$60,502$34,561$79,807$50,681$48,481$50,850$15,295$56,177$38,099$26,398$59,194$39,126$47,078
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$67,846$52,826$109,583$52,856$45,388$93,062$20,040$76,979$39,412$31,325$99,696$54,934$66,020
Lancaster County$54,420$39,813$67,113$47,218$44,637$47,915$16,410$54,119$36,419$30,724$55,646$36,434$43,464
Lebanon County$48,665$42,179$45,394$47,118$45,575$49,859$14,616$47,020$38,927$25,247$34,828$35,169$39,525
Lehigh County$59,291$45,484$61,764$54,479$55,191$70,853$18,048$66,123$35,512$30,340$74,410$41,943$51,835
Montgomery County$74,492$54,725$101,853$59,613$49,089$79,974$20,134$81,810$44,691$34,059$89,551$52,370$65,367
Schuylkill County$44,816$39,470$43,600$48,188$36,820$48,887$13,637$49,901$43,301$21,187$38,990$33,431$38,646

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Salary by Sector
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$396,231,474,857$590,742,606,527$702,842,994,855$443,693,103,584$1,008,066,846,160$276,766,032,750$360,108,318,280$791,538,485,033$104,120,454,644$157,343,219,835$1,396,439,407,510$1,270,636,053,970$7,512,456,873,630
Pennsylvania$14,924,595,585$25,739,954,836$25,781,456,352$13,489,092,355$48,542,711,126$6,420,085,001$11,183,370,071$33,035,384,804$2,756,679,420$6,241,878,252$58,089,011,060$50,913,186,375$297,251,465,731
Berks County$442,029,809$66,012,270$461,125,218$234,958,993$1,262,191,896$56,036,842$228,150,377$1,722,561,756$112,468,880$135,525,705$1,297,601,196$1,336,770,029$8,034,194,471
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$719,572,107$883,729,438$2,495,638,606$242,082,645$1,630,440,102$509,423,687$408,602,665$1,508,710,389$225,318,816$305,637,304$4,749,418,181$2,534,118,930$16,374,648,518
Lancaster County$822,778,430$154,513,022$536,430,619$206,437,239$1,662,627,808$144,368,907$396,935,735$1,985,746,439$112,170,760$229,353,437$1,273,839,462$2,016,928,774$10,177,319,007
Lebanon County$88,376,520$157,496,153$49,842,302$148,421,723$396,092,268$40,186,326$55,875,304$413,821,559$14,870,173$37,770,069$130,952,974$402,506,558$1,943,565,595
Lehigh County$369,087,459$554,592,101$474,158,641$223,635,591$2,225,136,386$197,042,225$299,765,605$1,160,724,617$27,592,837$156,344,107$2,087,040,647$1,842,392,437$9,673,262,937
Montgomery County$1,612,161,946$1,652,746,995$4,237,688,812$622,116,164$3,629,932,787$811,259,617$776,780,872$3,456,797,299$22,613,827$545,963,202$9,322,693,215$4,808,291,781$31,656,500,855
Schuylkill County$60,546,864$139,249,555$51,753,767$151,116,282$287,822,339$16,035,040$43,106,974$532,995,785$53,000,955$25,297,510$121,530,672$422,031,072$1,924,329,736

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2015 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing