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Hourly Wages by Job Classification

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Year-over-year, hourly wages are up 2.6%. That is barely keeping up with inflation, assuming you believe BLS consumer price statistics.

Regardless, it certainly makes a huge difference where you work. Those in leisure and hospitality make an average of $15.83 per hour. Those working in utilities make an average of $40.34 per hour.

Five Lowest Paying Job Classifications

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Note: Fred did not have a download for "other services" so I skipped it.

Five Highest Paying Job Classifications

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Clearly the only standout here is professional and business services, the 5th best paying classification.

Middle Three Paying Job Classifications

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Jobs in 2001 vs 2010 vs 2018

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Since 2001, the big three job gainers are education and health care, professional services, and leisure and hospitality.

Education and health care, the top gainer, is a mixture of high paying professional nursing jobs and low paying home care or other caregiver jobs.

Many job classifications are stagnant or worse.

Jobs Gained in the Recovery

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There are many ways to spin this data, but none of them look particularly promising. Job growth in the top four paying classifications has been very weak.

The one bright spot is job growth in the professional and business service category, a well paying classification. How long those gains can last is unknown.

Jobs gains in the two lowest paying classifications exceed gains in professional services.

Strong Jobs Recovery?

The much ballyhooed jobs recovery is a bit suspect.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock