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Medford Workers Earn 12 Percent Less than U.S. Average

With a few notable exceptions, Medford's employed population is lagging behind the nation in average wages, according to federal data.

Posted: May 4, 2018 11:30 AM
Updated: May 4, 2018 11:35 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Working in the Medford area may pay—but it won't pay as well as working elsewhere in the country, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In May of 2017, the BLS found that the average or mean hourly wage in Medford was $21.32, which is about 12 percent lower than the nationwide average of $24.34.

Sorting different types of jobs into 22 groups, the BLS reports that Medford falls below the national average in 14 of those groups. The study also found that most Medford workers are concentrated in a few fields—namely food preparation and serving, retail and sales, or transportation and material moving.

So where do Medford workers get ahead? According to the BLS, five job groups in Medford had wages "significantly higher" than the national averages—including healthcare practitioners and technical; healthcare support; and, interestingly enough, food preparation and serving.

That's right—around here it pays to either be a doctor or a waiter.

Other higher-than-average paying fields in the Medford area included police or protective services, building/grounds cleaning and maintenance, and farming/fishing/forestry.

Some of the worst paying careers in the Medford area compared to the national average included management, computers and mathematics, architecture and engineering, and pretty much anything related to the arts or humanities.

Below you'll find the complete BLS report, including all of the data on what different careers make on average in Medford, compared to the national averages.

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