Houston average salaries ahead of Dallas, study shows
Houston Business JournalDate: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 7:13am CDT - Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 9:35am CDT
Houston private sector employees have an average salary of $51,300, putting the metro area close to the top 10 in average salaries nationwide.
In total, the 2.23 million employees in the region earned a total of $114.5 billion in 2009, based on an analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data by The Business Journals' On Numbers, a division of American City Business Journals .
Houston's average salary ranks 12th in the country, but much higher than the average salary of $46,200 in Dallas-Fort Worth, which ranks 25th. Austin salaries rank 26th, at $45,500 and San Antonio salaries rank 189th at $36,000.
Nationwide, private-sector payrolls carry a combined value of $4.6 trillon in the country's 938 metropolitan and micropolitan areas.
San Jose has the nation's highest private-sector pay levels, with the typical worker earning $75,800 per year. Next are Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn., at $71,200, San Francisco-Oakland at $61,900, and New York City at $60,300.
Click here to see the complete On Numbers report and an interactive database showing total and average salary rankings for all 938 U.S. markets.
Follow this link for a separate study published this week showing the total number of businesses in Houston and other U.S. metro markets.