What Does this Measure?
Median Salary by Industry Sector, sub-sector by ZIP code. Salary does not include benefits or investments.
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. They also indicate the vitality of a region and its ability to compete and attract workers.
How is Erie County Doing?
The highest median salary of $91,105.45 occurs in the Management Occupations subcategory in Erie County. This sector's median salary in Pennsylvania is $108,807, and reflects a difference of $17,702 or 19.4% between Erie County and the state. While this has remained the highest median salary subcategory in Erie since 2010, the median salary has fallen since 2017, by -$374 (-0.41%).
The lowest median salary of $20,780 occurs in the Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations category in Erie County. This sector's median salary in Pennsylvania is $21,541, and reflects a difference of $761 or 3.7% between Erie County and the state. While this has remained the lowest median salary subcategory in Erie since 2010, the median salary has risen since 2017, by +$1,465 (+7.6%).
The median salary for Erie County is $42,289, whereas for the United States the median salary is $44,200, a difference of 4.3%. Since 2009 the median salary for Erie County has risen from $36,218 to $42,289, a percent change of 16.8% in 10 years.
EVS analyzes the data in each topic category using indicators, which report a targeted and digestible number, rate, or amount to represent Erie County as a whole. While this does not cover every aspect of the topic, it assists in establishing Erie's performance relative to the prior year(s). The indicators for the Economy: Salary topic are:
This indicator measures the median salary for the latest data year across all sectors in Erie County, as a dollar amount. The trend for Median Salary is up and better in 2018, with a reported increase of +$69 within the County, representing +0.16%.
This indicator measures median wages above the living wage threshold as analyzed by MIT's Living Wage calculator. A family sustaining wage for Erie County is $32,614 per year, or $15.68 per hour each for two working adults with 2 children. Family Sustaining Wage = employees in industries with a median salary above $32,614 / total employment in the metropolitan area. The trend for Jobs Supporting a Family Sustaining Wage is down and worse from 2017 to 2018, with a reported decrease of -2.1% representing 2,274 employees. This drop can partially be attributed to a rise in the living wage in Erie County from $31,096 to $32,614 per adult in a family of four.
How does Erie compare to its Peers?
How does Erie compare to Pennsylvania?
About this Data
Data from the U.S. Department of Labor as of 2018.