U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Tulsa, OKC Wages below National Average

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Workers in the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average hourly wage of $18.65 in May, 14 percent below the nationwide average of $21.35, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Regional economist Cheryl Abbot, with the Economic Analysis and Information office of the BLS, said that after testing for statistical significance, wages in the Tulsa area were measurably lower than their respective national averages in 20 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management, health care practitioners and technical. No group had a statistically significant higher hourly wage than the national average, Abbot said.

The Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Tulsa, Creek, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Wagoner and Okmulgee counties.

"We do statistical measures of significance before we say if something was higher or lower, more or less concentrated," Abbot said.

Meanwhile, workers in the Oklahoma City MSA had an average hourly wage of $18.83 in May, according to the BLS. The figure is 13 percent below the nationwide average. The Oklahoma City MSA includes Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, McClain and Oklahoma counties.

Wages in the Oklahoma City area were also lower than their respective national averages in 18 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management, health care practitioners and technical, BLS Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman said in a report. Just like Tulsa, no group had a statistically significant higher hourly wage than the national average, he said.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, Tulsa employment was more highly concentrated in six of the 22 occupational groups, including management, sales, office administrative, construction, installation and repair and production, Abbot said. …