regional wage differences

Saw an interesting chart yesterday presented by Alex Hall from Labor Market Information at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. It shows wage distributions for Colorado’s MSAs.

Wage distribution in Colorado MSAs.

sourceL CDLE/LMI

The blue triangles are the 10 percent and 90 percentile wages. The solid orange triangle is the median annual wage (half above, half below). The hollow orange triangle is the average. Boulder pays the highest wages on average, and 10 percent of its workers make more than $107,237 per year in earnings. Fort Collins-Loveland and Colorado Springs are closest to the state average. Pueblo has the lowest top-end wage.

It’s interesting to note that the 10 percent wage does not show as much variation as does the 90 percent wage across regions, with perhaps the exception of Boulder.

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