CT manufacturing wage growth outpaces most other industries

1 May 2019

Connecticut manufacturers are full of anecdotes about how they use higher-than-average starting wages to attract and retain younger talent, to replace experienced and aging workers they lose to competitors and retirement.

Now, the state Department of Labor has accumulated and analyzed salary data for thousands of manufacturing workers in the state and compared it to pay for all other industries combined.

Not surprisingly, the Connecticut wage data amassed by the U.S. Census Bureau and shared with DOL economists show the state's manufacturing workers in the last 10 years, from Dec. 2007 to Dec. 2017 (the latest available data), saw their average monthly salary climb 16.5 percent, to $7,155 vs. a 13.4 percent rise, to $5,859 a month, for all other industries.

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