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Top Paying Jobs

Top Paying Jobs

Utilities and management lead the pack.

If you want to make a top wage in the Albuquerque Metro area you should get a job in the utility sector, or manage companies. But don’t get into the arts and entertainment, or the accommodation and food services business.

The average annual wage for a worker in the utility sector in 2015 was $93,422, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. A job for people who help manage companies paid an average annual salary of $61,946 that year.

Graph showing the top paying jobs in abqOn the flip side, the lowest paying jobs were in the accommodation and food services industry, which had an average annual wage of $17,262.

People working in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector made an average of $23,057 a year in 2015, the Census Bureau said.

Graph showing lowest paying jobs in abqBut, if you want a good chance of getting a job, go into health care and social services. In 2015, that sector employed 55,656 people. It was followed by the retail trade sector, which employed 43,372 people.

The data, which is part of the Census Bureau’s annual County Business Patterns report, showed that the metro area’s private sector economy got a big bump in 2015. The number of private sector employees grew by 14,087 from 2014, and the annual payroll jumped by $1.5 billion.

In 2015, the four-county metro area had 293,984 private sector employees with an annual payroll of $12.2 billion.

The Census data also showed that the area’s manufacturing sector continued to decline. In 2015, there were 15,476 manufacturing jobs with an annual payroll of $808 million. That was down from 21,986 jobs and an annual payroll of $1.1 billion in 2008.

 

 

 

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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