Annual Change in Average Salary

Annual Change in Average Salary

What does this measure?

The annual percentage change in the average salary.

Why is this important?

Salaries are a gauge of overall economic health and a measure of the degree to which employees are sharing in the prosperity of a community. They also indicate the vitality of a region and its ability to compete and attract workers.

How is our county doing?

Erie's average salary decreased 1.4% from 2016 to 2017, while the rate in the state and the nation saw increases. At $41,152, Erie's average salary was 24% less than the Pennsylvania average of $54,000 and 26% less than the national average of $55,375. Between 2000 and 2017, Erie County's average salary rose 2% (after inflation). During the same period, the average salary rose 12% statewide and 10% nationally. The decrease from 2016 to 2017, was Erie's largest single year-to-year decrease since 2000.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Erie County's average salary in 2017 was similar to Stark County, OH but below Broome County, NY and Luzerne County, PA. Erie had a larger increase between 2000 and 2017 than Broome and Stark, which were essentially flat. Luzerne saw its average salary increase 7% during the same period.

Notes about the data

Data from the U.S. Department of Labor have been converted to 2017 dollars. 2018 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2019.

Annual Change in Average Salary
United States0.0%-0.3%-0.1%0.4%1.5%-0.0%1.3%1.6%-1.3%0.3%1.0%-0.4%0.5%-0.4%1.5%3.0%0.0%1.1%
Erie County, PA0.0%0.3%0.1%-1.2%1.2%-0.9%0.5%1.8%-0.4%0.4%-0.6%1.7%-0.7%-0.6%0.1%2.8%-1.3%-1.4%
Broome County, NY0.0%-1.2%0.9%-3.3%-1.3%-0.2%1.4%0.9%0.3%1.2%-0.5%-1.4%-1.1%-0.4%0.4%2.7%0.4%1.4%
Stark County, OH0.0%-0.5%0.7%-0.2%0.7%-0.9%0.1%0.0%-1.4%-0.2%-0.3%1.0%-0.5%-0.1%1.3%0.9%-1.8%1.6%
Luzerne County, PA0.0%1.1%1.2%0.0%1.3%-1.7%-1.0%2.4%-2.8%2.0%0.3%-1.2%0.7%-0.2%1.3%3.4%-0.2%0.3%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Rate is percentage change from previous year.

Average Annual Salary
United States50,29350,12950,09250,31051,06651,05451,71752,55851,87352,05352,55352,35352,62252,40853,18354,75254,76355,375
Erie County, PA40,43740,54340,57740,07440,54640,17640,38341,12640,97641,12640,88041,57841,30541,07341,11442,28541,73241,152
Broome County, NY42,68442,16342,53841,15540,60640,52341,07141,42541,54142,02341,83141,24340,80140,64640,81041,89942,05842,651
Stark County, OH40,63240,41140,69540,61840,91940,53440,58440,59840,02339,96139,83240,23840,01839,97940,48340,86540,13640,776
Luzerne County, PA39,58740,03440,51140,52341,03140,34239,92040,87439,72440,51940,63340,14940,41540,33640,88142,28342,20442,325

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars. N/A - Data not available or not disclosed.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing