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Annual Average Private Wages in Rhode Island, 2008
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Rhode Island ís private sector employed 407,900 workers in 2008 and paid over $16.7 billion in wages.  Private sector employees earned an average annual wage of $41,099 in 2008, a 3.2 percent (+$1,272) increase from the 2007 average of $39,827.  The 2008 average annual wage in the Ocean State was 9.4 percent less than the national average of $45,368 and ranked as the fourth highest wage in New England .  At $59,305, Connecticut reported the highest average annual private sector wage in the northeast, nearly $14,000 higher than the United States average.  Massachusetts workers earned an average of $57,272, followed by New Hampshire , whose average annual wage of $45,274 was slightly lower than the rest of the nation.  Private industry in Vermont ($37,567) and Maine ($35,624) paid the lowest average annual wages in New England . The statewide private sector wages in New Hampshire , Rhode Island , Vermont , and Maine were all below the national average in 2008.    

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