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Average weekly wages on LI, across the country

By John Callegari john.callegari@newsday.com

It's no secret to anyone that Long Island is an expensive to place to live. With that higher cost of living, it's expected that a higher average wage would follow; however, that's not always the case. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent data, average weekly wages in Suffolk and Nassau are much closer to the national average of $1,144 per week than most would think. Here's...

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It's no secret to anyone that Long Island is an expensive to place to live. With that higher cost of living, it's expected that a higher average wage would follow; however, that's not always the case. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent data, average weekly wages in Suffolk and Nassau are much closer to the national average of $1,144 per week than most would think. Here's how Suffolk and Nassau wages compare to other counties around the nation.

Suffolk County, N.Y. -- $1,244

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Workers in Suffolk County received a weekly average wage of $1,244 as of December 2018, just $100 per week above the national average.

Nassau County, N.Y. -- $1,259

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Nassau County workers make just a little more per week than their Suffolk counterparts, bringing in an average salary of $1,259 per week as of December 2018.

Queens County -- $1,132

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Workers in Queens County received a weekly average wage of $1,132 as of December 2018.

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Kings County -- $992

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Workers in Kings County - also known as the borough of Brooklyn - received a weekly average wage of $992 as of December 2018.

New York County -- $2,400

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Workers in New York County, which most refer to simply as Manhattan, received a weekly average wage of $2,400 as of December 2018 - more than double the national average.

Westchester County, N.Y. -- $1,464

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Workers in Westchester County received a weekly average wage of $1,464 as of December 2018.

Fairfield County, Conn. -- $1,705

Workers in Fairfield County, Conn. received a weekly average wage of $1,705 as of December 2018.

Philadelphia County, Pa. -- $1,314

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Workers in Philadelphia County, Pa. received a weekly average wage of $1,314 as of December 2018.

Lancaster County, Pa. -- $927

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Workers in Lancaster County, known to tourists as one of the major homes of Pennsylvania's Amish population, received a weekly average wage of $927 as of December 2018.

Arlington County, Va. -- $1,870

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Workers in Arlington County, Va. received a weekly average wage of $1,870 as of December 2018.

Virginia Beach City County, Va. -- $879

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Workers in Virginia Beach City County, Va. received a weekly average wage of $879 as of December 2018.

Durham County, N.C. -- $1,357

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Workers in Durham County, N.C., home to Duke University and part of North Carolina's Research Triangle, received a weekly average wage of $1,357 as of December 2018.

Horry County, S.C. -- $685

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Horry County, the most eastern county in South Carolina and home to tourist destination Myrtle Beach, saw workers receive a weekly average wage of $685 as of December 2018.

Miami-Dade County, Fla. -- $1,104

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Workers in Miami-Dade County, Fla. received a weekly average wage of $1,104 as of December 2018.

Cuyahoga County, Ohio -- $1,145

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The average salary for workers in Cuyahoga County in Ohio reached $1,145 per week as of December 2017, just $1 per week above the national average. Cuyahoga County is home to Cleveland, Ohio's second largest city.

Dallas County, Texas -- $1,353

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Workers in Dallas County, Texas received a weekly average wage of $1,353 as of December 2018.

King County, Wash. -- $1,694

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Home to Seattle, King County, Wash. saw workers receive a weekly average wage of $1,694 as of December 2018. Washington is known for being one of seven states without a personal income tax, making that average wage potentially worth even more.

Multnomah County, Ore. -- $1,208

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Workers in Multnomah County, home to Oregon's largest city, Portland, received a weekly average wage of $1,208 as of December 2018.

Boulder County, Colo. -- $1,354

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Workers in Boulder County, Colo. received a weekly average wage of $1,354 as of December 2018.

Yellowstone County, Montana -- $974

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Workers in Yellowstone County, Montana, which includes the city of Billings, received a weekly average wage of $974 as of December 2018.

Washoe County, Nev. -- $1,026

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Workers in Washoe County, Nev., which includes the city of Reno, received a weekly average wage of $1,026 as of December 2018.

Santa Clara County, Calif. -- $2,670

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Home to the famed Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County, Calif. saw workers receive a weekly average wage of $2,670 as of December 2018.

Honolulu County, Hawaii -- $1,059

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Workers in Honolulu County, Hawaii, which includes the entire island of O'ahu, received a weekly average wage of $1,059 as of December 2018.

Anchorage Borough, Alaska -- $1,160

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Workers in Alaska's largest city received an average of $1,160 per week as of December 2018.

San Juan, Puerto Rico -- $693

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Workers in San Juan County in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico received a weekly average wage of $693 as of December 2018.