Average wages rise for most Rhode Island workers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Wages went up nearly 3 percent in Rhode Island last year, in both the private and public sectors.

Numbers out of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training found the average wage at $44,651. That's up 2.8 percent from the year before, but it's below the national average.

The average wage rose in most sectors, with workers in corporate, regional or district offices along with finance and insurance workers seeing the largest gains.

In the private sector the average wage last year was $42,520. The average wage in the public sector was $58,283.

The Department of Labor and Training also found that a little more than 20 percent of all workers have a bachelor's degree.

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