Wages in Whatcom County remain below the national average, but there are some local industries that pay very well.
The average hourly wage for all jobs in Whatcom County was $23.09 in May 2017, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's 5 percent lower than the national average hourly wage of $24.34.
The average Whatcom County wage is much lower than the national average in several industries, including legal (lower by 32 percent compared to the national average), arts/entertainment (lower by 23 percent) and computers/mathematical (lower by 16 percent).
Whatcom wages are better-than-average in several key industries, including protective services (42 percent higher that the national average), farming (33 percent higher) and construction (21 percent higher).