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Key Indicators for Understanding Our Region

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Economy / Wages

Although Pittsburgh has trailed benchmark regions in average annual pay for many years, that gap is narrowing. Average annual pay increased by 2.7 percent between 2009 and 2010, 3.6 percent between 2010 and 2011 and 3.5 percent between 2011 and 2012.

Pittsburgh's average annual pay increased 1.8 percent from $48,706 to $49,584 between 2012 and 2013, the largest year-over-year increase of all benchmark regions. The region's average annual pay for 2013, however, remained below the benchmark average of $51,890.

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Data source(s):

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.

Data for 2013 are preliminary.