Economy
Average Salary by Sector, 2017


Average Salary by Sector, 2017

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 2017, the three highest-paid sectors in Berks County were Financial Activities, with an average salary of $74,500, Construction, at $61,300, and Professional and Business Services, at $61,600. Salaries were higher at both the state and national level in two of these sectors. For example, the average salary for Financial Activities was 13% higher in Pennsylvania, at $85,400, and 20% higher nationally, at $92,700.

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 2017 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 2018 are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2019.

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Average Salary by Sector, 2017
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$60,520$49,322$92,718$63,229$50,168$101,823$23,460$66,894$56,856$37,385$72,459$46,861$55,375
Pennsylvania$64,262$55,669$85,376$59,483$49,451$77,708$20,473$61,110$62,941$32,693$75,772$44,780$54,000
Berks County$61,262$34,297$74,453$52,461$50,882$54,748$15,993$59,507$41,317$27,318$61,587$40,602$48,918
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$71,321$54,243$114,979$54,808$46,702$98,412$20,484$75,850$41,179$32,472$106,214$56,016$68,578
Lancaster County$57,530$40,201$68,210$48,493$46,755$50,027$17,123$55,395$36,780$31,677$58,898$38,025$45,245
Lebanon County$52,907$43,622$47,210$49,211$48,866$54,005$15,371$49,439$38,218$25,486$35,440$36,997$41,627
Lehigh County$63,263$46,972$61,787$56,629$58,484$67,561$18,625$68,200$37,354$31,782$77,251$42,907$53,500
Montgomery County$77,665$55,474$106,382$62,701$50,292$83,877$20,599$83,899$47,442$34,827$92,440$54,208$67,386
Schuylkill County$45,325$40,709$44,945$50,855$38,528$45,753$13,988$54,101$44,833$22,348$41,344$35,942$41,003

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.




Total Salary by Sector, 2017
ConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States$429,219,436,397$617,986,458,728$756,643,817,565$463,441,545,376$1,068,163,155,268$300,149,688,564$384,082,368,700$833,217,750,254$107,498,952,213$167,085,691,233$1,486,933,743,357$1,337,053,579,649$7,966,329,559,854
Pennsylvania$16,519,026,131$26,803,658,224$27,488,961,182$14,014,443,226$51,513,148,618$6,739,394,349$11,669,903,259$34,366,124,604$3,169,759,589$6,504,601,804$61,348,715,906$52,855,654,281$313,129,652,736
Berks County$435,024,103$68,524,732$428,325,294$243,471,433$1,355,942,546$61,372,282$237,747,395$1,848,470,660$120,811,812$143,529,879$1,367,661,971$1,367,035,807$8,380,847,649
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$785,240,042$926,692,526$2,737,878,143$250,909,546$1,708,033,881$553,664,778$434,518,997$1,446,984,402$231,838,973$314,618,996$5,012,125,734$2,543,053,052$17,121,856,334
Lancaster County$914,323,984$165,990,184$543,157,040$216,520,589$1,772,865,558$147,478,693$418,574,099$2,049,061,241$114,862,474$236,719,757$1,379,510,964$2,124,196,357$10,744,306,294
Lebanon County$90,313,076$163,231,721$55,896,408$153,488,231$427,481,885$43,960,134$58,456,798$447,179,970$15,592,892$37,336,767$139,564,044$418,467,654$2,058,567,755
Lehigh County$418,103,193$588,694,211$469,271,014$233,538,477$2,396,071,871$177,414,885$321,268,967$1,251,885,450$28,799,722$166,631,964$2,083,061,836$1,921,361,649$10,109,337,849
Montgomery County$1,713,358,239$1,686,922,286$4,550,153,580$652,970,237$3,878,805,288$819,138,391$822,169,255$3,727,551,990$24,195,579$571,476,950$9,609,792,751$4,990,658,369$33,209,407,558
Schuylkill County$62,094,954$142,521,791$52,945,790$155,972,699$301,593,345$14,091,775$45,152,248$581,482,768$57,206,643$26,237,105$121,839,534$436,225,949$2,017,601,806

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 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 Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing