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Grand Rapids lands near bottom of national pay scale

January 6, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Workers in Grand Rapids aren’t paid much.

Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro area employees are among the worst-compensated workers in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, according to the compensation data site Payscale. The site looked at early career, mid-career and median pay for employees who hold at least a bachelor’s degree, according to a Forbes/Payscale report.

Each area included in the data has more than 50,000 residents and one or more counties.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is the 69th largest metro area, according to the data, but comes in at 93rd on the pay scale.

Grand Rapids workers have an overall median pay of $52,900, according to Forbes/Payscale.

Early career workers in the area have a median pay of $44,200; mid-career earners are making $76,400.

The Detroit-Warren-Livonia metro area was No. 15 on the list with an overall median income of $66,700.

The top 10

1.       San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $105,600 median pay

2.       San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA: $85,000

3.       Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: $73,300

4.       Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: $73,000

5.       Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $72,800

6.       Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: $72,000

7.       Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH: $72,000

8.       Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT: $71,400

9.       New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island: $71,300

10.     San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: $70,400

Bottom 10

1.       McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX: $48,800

2.       Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA: $49,700

3.       El Paso, TX: $50,700

4.       Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA: $51,100

5.       Jackson, MS: $52,000

6.       Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR: $52,500

7.       Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL: $52,900

8.       Grand Rapids-Wyoming: $52,900

9.       Columbia, SC: $53,100

10.     Chattanooga, TN-GA: $53,400

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