Federal agency: Bakersfield-Delano workers earn less than US average

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday released employment and wage data for the Bakersfield-Delano area.

Among the highlights: Local workers earn 6 percent less than the national average.


Top findings:

  • The average worker in the Bakersfield area earned $20.98 per hour in May 2013, about 6 percent below the U.S. average of $22.33 per hour.
  • Management occupations in the area were the highest paid at $51.02 per hour, followed by architecture and engineering occupations at $44.90 per hour.
  • Construction and extraction occupations accounted for 6.1 percent of local employment, compared to 3.8 percent nationally.
  • The average wage for "protective service occupations" was 42 percent above the national average.
  • Bakersfield was the top paying metropolitan area nationwide for both industrial engineers ($56.67 per hour) and environmental engineers ($59.27 per hour).