“But wait,” you may be saying. “How can I blame the city for not paying me more if I’m not even a city employee?” Well, while the economy is still stalling out and wages are stagnant in many places, that’s not true everywhere. In Boston, for example, wages grew nearly 2 percent between the first and second quarters of 2012. But, according to data recently released by PayScale, not all metro areas are created equal. And we’re sad to say that this is one area in which Baltimore is merely average. (But at least we’re outperforming D.C. and Philly.)
But that’s the glass-is-half-empty way of looking at it. Over the past couple of years, our city’s wage levels have tended to outperform national trends. And in this past quarter, Baltimore’s ad its fasted annual growth since the hazy, pre-recession days of 2008. And the Baltimore-Towson area’s average annual wage in 2011 was a solid $54,980, placing us in the top 15 of major metro areas in the U.S. So while wages aren’t rocketing up, no one really expected they would. Look at it that way, and average starts to sound just fine.
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