Average pay in county rises 10%, study shows
The average annual pay for Pitkin County workers shot up nearly 10 percent from 1998 to 1999, but that still left it below state and national averages, according to recent studies.
On average, workers in Pitkin County were paid $30,985 last year, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. That is an increase of 9.5 percent from the average of $28,295 the previous year, according to the state’s statistics.
A federal study released Tuesday showed that the average annual pay nationwide was $33,313 last year, an increase of 4.3 percent from the previous year.
The average Coloradan was paid $34,192 in 1999, up 6 percent, showed the study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When using those averages, Pitkin County employees lag about 9.3 percent behind the state mark and 7 percent below the national figure.
Average pay in Eagle and Garfield counties was even further off the state and national marks. Average annual pay in Eagle County was $28,675 last year while it was $27,584 in Garfield County.
A spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment noted that while Aspen and Pitkin County have numerous individuals who earn high incomes, there are also a lot of lower-paying jobs in the tourism industry. The annual average is also brought down because many jobs are only seasonal.
Selected figures for pay in Pitkin County showed the average worker in the hotel and lodging industry earned $22,012 last year. Employees in amusement and recreation services, which includes many workers at the Aspen Skiing Co., pulled in an average of $25,049. The average worker in retail earned $22,086.
On the higher end of the scale were construction workers, who made $39,592 on average. The average for all people in legal services – lawyers as well as support staffs – was $66,095.
Workers in financial services, insurance firms and real estate companies made an average of $47,648.
The information on average annual pay in Colorado is available at the Department of Labor and Employment’s Web site at http://lmi.cdle.state.co.us/es202/index.htm.
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