The average hourly wage for all occupations in Indiana County was $21.01, according to an index for
May 2019 as released recently by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.
That’s better than most counties surrounding Indiana County, but the old saying “go west” — or southwest — comes to mind when Indiana’s average is compared to counties in the Pittsburgh region.
DLI’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis released that index in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor. Its four pages of averages for Indiana County range down to $11.46 an hour for meeting, convention and event planners.
Also under that overall average hourly wage is what’s paid to social and community service managers ($15.18) and administrators of preschool and child care programs ($17.46) in Indiana County.
In the other direction, chief executives average out at $107.62 per hour, while sales managers and financial managers each top $71 per hour. Generally, management occupations average out at $48.36 per hour.
However, most hourly averages are generally closer to the 20s, 30s and 40s.
The idea behind the index is one of giving employers ideas about what wages they need to offer in order to attract qualified employees. It also is a guide to give a job seeker realistic salary expectations for a chosen career.
It features statewide and sub-state region data from more than 800 occupations.
Compared to surrounding counties, Indiana lags behind Westmoreland, where the average is $22.22 for all occupations and $55.67 for managerial occupations. But it does better than other counties on its border:
• $20.52 for all occupations and $44.71 for managerial occupations in Cambria County
• $20.04 for all occupations and $50.22 for managerial occupations in Clearfield County
• $19.70 for all occupations and $50.11 for managerial occupations in Armstrong County
• $19.53 for all occupations and $46.06 for managerial occupations in Jefferson County
Breakdowns also are offered for metropolitan and workforce development areas.
Indiana is in the Tri-County Workforce Development Area with Armstrong and Butler. Across those three counties, the average hourly wage for all occupations is $22.70, while for management occupations it’s $53.68.
Indiana in turn borders on the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, covering Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland as well as Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette and Washington counties.
There the average hourly wage for all occupations is $24.79, while for management occupations it’s $58.65.
More details can be found at a link to “occupational wages” on the www.workstats.dli.pa.gov webpage.