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Chelan-Douglas Trends | Annual wages increasing

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What is Chelan-Douglas Trends?

Chelan Douglas Trends (chelandouglastrends.ewu.edu) seeks to improve local, public decision making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data are offered as neutral information for all parties involved in public policy issues.

The goals are to collect and share information to support informed decision making by individual community members, governmental policy makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, researchers and the press.

Throughout the year, each of the approximately 170 indicators on the Trends website are updated within a few weeks of new data becoming available.

See the newsletter, chelandouglastrends.ewu.edu/newsletter/index.cfm.

In nearly all regional economies, wage and salary earnings form the largest component of personal income. Income levels serve as the prime barometer of economic well-being.

This indicator measures overall average annual wage for residents of Chelan and Douglas counties, both individually and combined. It is presented as both a nominal dollar value (where no attempt is made to adjust for inflation) and as a constant 2017 dollar value. Washington state is offered as a benchmark.

It does not include earnings of the self-employed, the military or students living or employed on a college campus.

Where are we?

During 2017 in Chelan and Douglas counties combined, the overall average annual wage in:

  •  Constant 2017-dollar values was $38,524, increasing from $35,354, or by 9 percent since 2002.
  •  Nominal dollar values was also $38,524, increasing from $25,634, or by 50 percent since 2002.

During 2017 in Chelan County, the overall average annual wage in:

  • Constant 2017-dollar values was $39,024, increasing from $36,331, or by 7 percent since 2002.
  • Nominal dollar values was also $39,024, increasing from $26,342 or by 48 percent since 2002.

During 2017 in Douglas County, the overall average annual wage in:

  • Constant 2017-dollar values was $36,791, increasing from $31,460, or by 17 percent since 2002.
  • Nominal dollar values was also $36,791, increasing from $22,810, or by 61 percent since 2002.

By comparison in Washington state during 2017, the overall average annual wage in:

  •  Constant 2017-dollar values was $62,077, increasing from $52,744, or by 18 percent since 2002.
  •  Nominal dollar values was also $62,077, increasing from $38,242, or by 62 percent since 2002.

SOURCE: Washington State Employment Security Department: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis is a multi-college program at Eastern Washington University. The institute, staff and students, gathered the statistical data, wrote the explanations and designed the Chelan-Douglas Trends website.