Tucson’s median wage for all occupations was $32,490 in 2013, which ranked above only San Antonio and El Paso, among the 12 western Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Tucson’s median wage was 20.6% below the median in Denver, which posted the highest wage among the 12 MSAs. Management occupations paid the most in Tucson, at $79,320, while food preparation and serving occupations paid the least, at $18,780. Tucson’s median wage has risen slowly since the end of the Great Recession (in 2009), at 0.6% per year. That was well below the Arizona and national growth rates.

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