Workers in the Baton Rouge metro area had an average hourly wage of $21.73 in May 2018, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13% lower than the nationwide average of $24.98.
Wages in the nine-parish Capital Region were lower in 19 of 22 occupational sectors than its respective national average, including the tech, legal and protective services sectors.
Those holding computer and math-related jobs, as well as legal jobs in the region last year, were paid nearly 30% lower than national averages. Wages for sales, protective services and maintenance jobs were more than 20% below national averages.
Only one Capital Region occupational group posted significantly higher wages than the national average: production, where the average hourly wage of $26.72 is 42% above the national averages. The only other occupational group that paid higher than the national average was farming, fishing and forestry.