Boston Area Jobs Produce Top Pay

The Boston area may be among the more expensive places to live in the U.S., but workers are paid well for what they do here.

Boston area jobs produce top payAccording to an American City Business Journals analysis of U.S. salary data, Boston ranks fifth nationally among major U.S. metros in average pay. The city’s average salary of $58,350 is roughly 27 percent higher than the U.S. average of $45,790 and is topped only by a handful of metro areas.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces annual wage estimates for 22 major employment sectors and more than 800 individual occupations. In newly released 2012 figures for the Boston area market (officially known as the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH, metropolitan area), here are the 22 major sectors (ranked by average annual pay) in the Boston area.

Each sector and occupation is followed by its six-digit BLS code in brackets. All sector and occupation titles are the bureau’s official designations.

Top 22 Boston Area Occupations by Pay

1. Management Occupations [11-0000], $127,160
2. Legal Occupations [23-0000], $111,990
3. Computer and Mathematical Occupations [15-0000], $92,210
4. Architecture and Engineering Occupations [17-0000], $85,470
5. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations [29-0000], $81,840
6. Business and Financial Operations Occupations [13-0000], $79,310
7. Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations [19-0000], $78,550
8. Education, Training, and Library Occupations [25-0000], $60,240
9. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations [27-0000], $59,990
10. Construction and Extraction Occupations [47-0000], $57,720
11. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations [49-0000], $51,620
12. Protective Service Occupations [33-0000], $50,090
13. Sales and Related Occupations [41-0000], $47,970
14. Community and Social Service Occupations [21-0000], $46,440
15. Office and Administrative Support Occupations [43-0000], $40,500
16. Production Occupations [51-0000], $38,550
17. Transportation and Material Moving Occupations [53-0000], $35,950
18. Healthcare Support Occupations [31-0000], $33,240
19. Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations [37-0000], $32,300
20. Personal Care and Service Occupations [39-0000], $29,870
21. Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations [45-0000], $29,540
22. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations [35-0000], $25,690

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Other Massachusetts cities other than the Boston area also ranked high in the national list of the 104 best-paying metros in the country. At No. 18, Worcester also bested the national average with a mean salary of $49,630, as did Springfield, ranked 28, with an average of $46,620.

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