Here is what typical workers in Phoenix, Tucson areas earn, according to census data

Posted at 8:13 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 12:23:29-05

The Phoenix metro and Tucson both rank in the bottom half in a new measure of earning power for local employees.

The typical worker in the Phoenix area earned less than $36,000, while in Tucson, average annual earnings were even lower at less than $30,000 last year — with a big gap between men and women earners in the Valley — according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey, released this fall.

Earnings are defined as wages, salaries and self-employment income derived from work.

They are not the same as income, which encompasses a much broader range of 42 different sources of money, including interest, pensions, dividends, credits and government assistance. (Earnings are included as one of those 42 components of income.)

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