Average Wage as Percentages of the National Averages, 2013
Reasonable targets for Arizona are for the state’s average wage to be near the national average, for the larger metro counties to have a figure near the U.S. metro average, and for the nonmetro counties to have a figure equal to the nonmetro average.
Among Arizona’s eight metropolitan counties, Maricopa was the only one with an average wage that approached the U.S. metro average in 2013, at 4 percent less. Each of the others had a figure from 13-to-30 percent below the metro average. In contrast, among the seven nonmetro counties, the average wage in Greenlee was far higher than the U.S. nonmetro average and five counties had a figure from 4-to-18 percent higher. Only in La Paz County was the average wage less than average.