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Phoenix employees make 3 percent less than the national average wage

(Deirdre Hamill/Arizona Republic, via AP, File)

PHOENIX — According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released this week, workers in the Phoenix area take home 3 percent less in wages than average across the country.

Numbers that were made available Tuesday showed that the average employee in the Phoenix metropolitan area earned $22.45 an hour last May compared to the U.S. average of $23.23 an hour.

Despite this, the Phoenix area did have higher wages than other areas for some occupations.

Postmasters and mail superintendents, radio and television announcers and semiconductor processors all make the second-highest wages in Phoenix compared to other metro areas across the country.

The highest-paid occupations in Phoenix according to the data were management positions and legal positions, making a little more or less than $50 an hour.

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