By: Janet Harrah
A recent article in Career Outlook discussed occupations with big differences in high- and low-earning workers. For example, nationally judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates had one of the biggest wage differences across all occupations ranging from $31,480 at the 10th percentile wage to $178,920 at the 90th percentile wage, a difference of $147,440. As noted in the article, “job tasks for these workers vary by levels of authority, from handling simple infractions or disputes to presiding over complex legal cases on appeal, which may contribute to wage differences.” Other factors affecting wages for occupations include worker qualifications, industry, experience and prior success, job tasks, and job location.
This article presents 2014 data on those occupations in the Cincinnati metro, which have the narrowest and widest wage differential between the 10th and 90th percentile. Across all occupations the mean annual earnings was $46,240. The wage for the 90th percentile was $84,710 and the wage for the 10th percentile was $18,360, a difference of $66,350.