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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Latest Wage Statistics: How Does San Francisco Stack Up Against the Joneses?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM

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Warning to people carrying expensive wedding cakes, putting on lipstick or applying the final brushstroke to their masterpiece: Step away from the  task at hand before absorbing this information unless you want results suitable for silent comedy. THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS HAS RELEASED WAGE NUMBERS FOR THE BAY AREA!

Wait, hang on a second.

Okay, I'm back. I had to whip out my inhaler. You, lady applying the lipstick. I warned you.

Anyway. Here's the rundown. In May of 2008, the average hourly wage for San Francisco, San Mateo and Redwood city came out to $29.05, which is "roughly" 43 percent higher than the national average, of $20.32. Hmmm -- If the hourly average looks like this then why does your paycheck look like this? Clearly, you are doing something wrong.

Who makes the most? In San Francisco, "Management" makes $61.30 an hour on average, which is higher than the $48.23 national average for "managers" elsewhere. The least? "Food preparation and serving related" workers pull $11.63 and hour, which is also above the national average of $9.72 (keep in mind that San Francisco's minimum wage is now $9.79)

How do we stack up against surrounding areas? Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward trail us by $3.44 with an average hourly income of $25.61. San Diego, Carlsbad, and San Marcos make $22.72.

In your face, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, San Diego, Carlsbad and San

Marcos! We will be taking our fancy hourly wages, thank you, and buying

a Louis Vuitton diamond encrusted tchotchke in the shape of a San Francisco cable car.

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