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Highest Wage Industries in New York State, 2015

New York State and Regions - Highest Wage Industries
2015 wage data for New York State and its 10 labor market regions (see county definitions below).  All data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

Important Background Information

  • 2015 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data were sorted by labor market region and 4-digit NAICS Industry (private and public ownerships) to develop the lists presented in this analysis.
  • Industries that failed minimum size (job count) thresholds were eliminated. The minimum job count for statewide industries was 3,000, while the minimum for regional industries was 1,000. (Note: Due to their smaller regional economies, size minimums in the Mohawk Valley and North Country were 750 and 500, respectively.)
  • Industries that failed data confidentiality restrictions were also eliminated from consideration.
  • The U.S. Postal Service (NAICS 491) and Public Administration (NAICS 92) industries were not included in this analysis.


Labor Market Regions
Region Counties
Capital Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington
Central NY Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego
Finger Lakes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates
Hudson Valley Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester
Long Island Nassau and Suffolk
Mohawk Valley Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie
New York City Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond
North Country Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence.
Southern Tier Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins
Western NY Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara

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