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Southwest Workforce Development Area (1Q 2017)
All Industry
Estimated employment100
Mean wage$49,211
Entry wage$30,991
10th percentile wage$20,240
50th percentile wage$50,992
90th percentile wage$72,379
Top Employing Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Percent
Education and Health Services100100.0%
Top Paying Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Median Wage
Education and Health Services10050,992
Graduate Teaching Assistants (25-1191)
Assist department chairperson, faculty members, or other professional staff members in college or university by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as laboratory research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$50992.41 $62499.02  -$11506.61
2016$49799.14+2.4%$61036.48 +2.4%-$11237.34
2015$48844.52+2.0%$59866.46 +2.0%-$11021.93
2014$47929.68+1.9%$58745.18 +1.9%-$10815.49
2013$47014.84+1.9%$57623.90 +1.9%-$10609.05
2012$46100.00+2.0%$56502.62 +2.0%-$10402.62
2011$45384.04+1.6%$55625.10 +1.6%-$10241.06
2010$44588.53+1.8%$54650.08 +1.8%-$10061.55
2009$44111.22+1.1%$54065.06 +1.1%-$9953.84
2008$42798.62+3.1%$52456.28 +3.1%-$9657.65
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$50992.41 $49571.01  $1421.40
2016$49799.14+2.4%$47986.90 +3.3%$1812.24
2015$48844.52+2.0%$46982.34 +2.1%$1862.18
2014$47929.68+1.9%$45977.79 +2.2%$1951.90
2013$47014.84+1.9%$45050.50 +2.1%$1964.34
2012$46100.00+2.0%$44277.77 +1.7%$1822.23
2011$45384.04+1.6%$43582.31 +1.6%$1801.73
2010$44588.53+1.8%$42848.21 +1.7%$1740.32
2009$44111.22+1.1%$42268.66 +1.4%$1842.56
2008$42798.62+3.1%$41186.83 +2.6%$1611.80
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2017
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
Southwest $50,992100
North Central $47,363470
South Central $38,800 
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $47,363470
Southwest $50,992100
South Central $38,800 
Wages in other areas
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