The highest-paying sectors of jobs in Idaho in 2008 - management of companies, mining, and utilities - employed just 6 percent of the state’s workers, while the lowest-paying sectors - accommodation/food services, and arts/entertainment/recreation, employed 10 percent. This according to the Idaho Department of Labor, which calculated that the average annual wage for all industries in Idaho was $33,889. For the top sector, the managers of companies, it was $75,205. At the bottom, those who worked in accommodations and food services averaged $12,545 a year. The fourth-highest-paying sector was durable manufacturing, which employed 30,222 at an average wage of $57,103; that was 4.6 percent of the work force. Third-lowest paying was agriculture, which employed 129,009 at an average wage of $21,717; that’s 20 percent of the state’s workers.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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