A strong economy is starting to put more dollars in the hands of local workers, but some occupations are paying better than others.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently released wage data showing jobs in technology, finance and health care have surged in recent years in the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area, while many blue-collar jobs are laboring against low pay.
Art directors, property managers and physicians and surgeons all saw the highest gains in median wage from May 2016 to May 2017, according to The Columbian’s analysis of the report. They’re earning between $4 and $6.50 more per hour than they were the previous year.
Meanwhile, installers of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; mail carriers and cement masons lost as much as $3.46 per hour, the analysis showed. Only jobs with 1,000 or more workers were included.
Since 2012, the biggest wage increases showed up for personal finance advisers and art directors. Electronics engineers who design circuits and components for telecommunications and aerospace industries — specifically, not computer hardware — saw the biggest drop in pay.