Average Salary by Sector
What does this measure?
The average annual salary paid to workers in each economic sector.
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 or specific economic sector. They also indicate the vitality of specific sectors and the demand for workers in those sectors.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2010, the overall average salary was $35,800 in Cayuga and $36,200 in Seneca, below the state average (excluding NYC) of $46,000 and the national average of $46,800. These were similar to comparison counties except for Onondaga, which had an average salary of $43,300.
In Cayuga, the highest average salaries were paid in the Manufacturing ($49,000), Government ($46,800), Construction ($46,000), Education Services ($42,500) and Information ($40,000) sectors. The lowest paying sectors were Natural Resources and Mining ($30,800), Trade, Transportation and Utilities ($30,100) and Leisure and Hospitality ($13,400).
In Seneca, the sectors with the highest average salaries were Profession and Business Services ($51,900), Manufacturing ($50,800), Government ($48,800) and Construction ($47,800). The lowest paying sectors were Trade, Transportation and Utilities ($23,600), Natural Resources and Mining ($23,000) and Leisure and Hospitality ($15,100).
Notes about the data
Industries in which most of the workforce is full time (e.g. Manufacturing) will appear to pay significantly higher wages than ones (e.g. Retail or Leisure and Hospitality) that employ many part–timers.