Salaries in Arizona

Common Types of Jobs and What They Pay in Greater Phoenix

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Are you considering a job change? Do you feel that you are underpaid? Have you heard that the cost of living in Arizona is cheaper than in other major U.S. cities but that Phoenix salaries are lower? If you replied "yes" to any of these questions, then the following information on types of jobs and the salaries being paid for those jobs will definitely interest you.

In the chart below I have extracted some high level data about types of jobs in the Phoenix area and the salaries associated with that type of position, both median and average.

I also present the U.S. average hourly rate for that category, so you can compare. The salary data was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and was calculated from data collected from employers of every size in the greater Phoenix area in 2011.

Finally, I have provided a link for each category to a site where you can search job openings. I simply took one popular job/position from that category as an example; there are many more jobs/positions covered by each category than the one I mention.

Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for Greater Phoenix (May 2013)

These statistics cover the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

Management
Median Hourly: $43.37
Average Hourly: $49.82
Average Annual: $103,620
How Many Employed In This Field: 97,100
U.S. Average Hourly: $53.15

Business and Financial Operations
Median Hourly: $28.27
Average Hourly: $30.81
Average Annual: $64,080
How Many Employed In This Field: 93,390
U.S. Average Hourly: $34.14

Computer and Mathematical
Median Hourly: $36.42
Average Hourly: $37.58
Average Annual: $78,170
How Many Employed In This Field: 59,860
U.S. Average Hourly: $39.43

Architecture and Engineering
Median Hourly: $33.99
Average Hourly: $36.78
Average Annual: $78,520
How Many Employed In This Field: 39,620
U.S. Average Hourly: $38.51

Life, Physical and Social Science
Median Hourly: $26.78
Average Hourly: $28.89
Average Annual: $60,090
How Many Employed In This Field: 9,430
U.S. Average Hourly: $33.37

Community and Social Services
Median Hourly: $18.97
Average Hourly: $20.51
Average Annual: $42,650
How Many Employed In This Field: 24,300
U.S. Average Hourly: $21.50

Legal
Median Hourly: $36.22
Average Hourly: $48.70
Average Annual: $101,290
How Many Employed In This Field: 13,310
U.S. Average Hourly: $47.89

Education, Training and Library
Median Hourly: $19.17
Average Hourly: $22.11
Average Annual: $45,990
How Many Employed In This Field: 96,910
U.S. Average Hourly: $24.76

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, Media
Median Hourly: $19.44
Average Hourly: $23.32
Average Annual: $48,500
How Many Employed In This Field: 22,240
U.S. Average Hourly: $26.72

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
Median Hourly: $32.64
Average Hourly: $37.20
Average Annual: $77,370
How Many Employed In This Field: 93,590
U.S. Average Hourly: $35.93

Healthcare Support
Median Hourly: $13.90
Average Hourly: $14.94
Average Annual: $31,070
How Many Employed In This Field: 47,890
U.S. Average Hourly: $13.61

    Protective Service
    Median Hourly: $18.53
    Average Hourly: $20.60
    Average Annual: $42,850
    How Many Employed In This Field: 48,930
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    Average Hourly: $20.92

    Food Preparation and Serving
    Median Hourly: $9.17
    Average Hourly: $10.82
    Average Annual: $22,500
    How Many Employed In This Field: 162,650
    U.S. Average Hourly: $10.38

    Building and Grounds Cleaning/Maintenance
    Median Hourly: $10.25
    Average Hourly: $11.53
    Average Annual: $23,980
    How Many Employed In This Field: 55,060
    U.S. Average Hourly: $12.51

    Personal Care and Service
    Median Hourly: $10.25
    Average Hourly: $12.00
    Average Annual: $24,970
    How Many Employed In This Field: 57,250
    U.S. Average Hourly: $11.88

    Sales
    Median Hourly: $12.96
    Average Hourly: $18.37
    Average Annual: $38,210
    How Many Employed In This Field: 210,640
    U.S. Average Hourly: $18.37

    Office and Administrative Support
    Median Hourly: $15.77
    Average Hourly: $16.80
    Average Annual: $34,930
    How Many Employed In This Field: 313,670
    U.S. Average Hourly: $16.78

    Farming, Fishing and Forestry
    Median Hourly: $8.89
    Average Hourly: $10.57
    Average Annual: $21,980
    How Many Employed In This Field: 2,450
    U.S. Average Hourly: $11.70

    Construction and Extraction
    Median Hourly: $17.93
    Average Hourly: $19.79
    Average Annual: $41,170
    How Many Employed In This Field: 78,770
    U.S. Average Hourly: $21.94

    Installation, Maintenance and Repair
    Median Hourly: $20.05
    Average Hourly: $21.58
    Average Annual: $44,880
    How Many Employed In This Field: 66,810
    U.S. Average Hourly: $21.35

    Production
    Median Hourly: $14.69
    Average Hourly: $16.56
    Average Annual: $34,450
    How Many Employed In This Field: 78,750
    U.S. Average Hourly: $16.79

    Transportation and Material Moving
    Median Hourly: $14.51
    Average Hourly: $17.09
    Average Annual: $35,550
    How Many Employed In This Field: 108,620
    U.S. Average Hourly: $16.28a.

    These figures were compiled from statistics gathered in May 2013 for the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. For each of the occupations mentioned above there are many subcategories with specific salary data. If you are interested in a particular type of job in a general occupation category, you can get the details about that type of job and the related salary figures at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.