Median Wage by Occupational Group, Arizona Less the National Average, 2013
Note: Occupational groups are listed in order of the median wage in the United States
Arizona’s overall median wage, as estimated by the occupational employment survey, was only 2.6 percent less than the national average in 2013. In 17 of the 22 occupational groups, the median wage in Arizona was less than the national average, including differentials of at least 13 percent in three groups. In contrast, the median in Arizona was at least 8 percent more than the U.S. average in three groups.
The wage differences by group between Arizona and the nation are strongly affected by the occupational mix within a group. For example, Arizona has few large corporate headquarters, so it has fewer very highly paid corporate executives than average, putting the median wage in the management group considerably below the national average.