Pay daze: County’s average wage among lowest in region

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Average wages in Johnson County are among the lowest in central Indiana, likely due to a higher percentage of retail and food service jobs locally compared to other communities.

Jobs in retail and food service, which make up about a third of the jobs in the county, pay below the average wage of $15.93 per hour, or $33,134 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Average wages in Johnson County have been among the lowest in the region for many years. For the past 10 years, the county’s average wage has been at or near the bottom in central Indiana and well below the state average. Only Morgan and Hendricks counties have a lower average among Indianapolis and the surrounding counties. The average wage covers all jobs located in the county, from part-time workers to top executives.

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