Where do Louisianans make the most money?

Government survey shows which parishes have highest average pay

Chris Miller
September 19, 2019 - 8:24 am

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According to the U.S. government, some of the best-paying jobs in Louisiana are just up-river. 

Parish-by-parish, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that workers in St. James and St. Charles Parish earn among the highest weekly average wages in the state. Workers earn an average $1,575 weekly ($81,900 annually) in St. James Parish, and $1,525 ($79,300 annually) in St. Charles Parish.

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran says it's the petrochemical industry that accounts for much of that.

“Gasoline and chemical industry," said Cochran. "Bayer is on a big tear right now, Dow, plus Shell.”

Cochran says they have had good growth in recent years: nine percent over the last two years, and he says there is more to come.

“We have major plant expansions, to $3.5 billion, plus 2.5 billion coming down the turnpike,” said Cochran.

Here's how the ten-parish New Orleans Combined Statistical Area (CSA) stacks up (from highest to lowest):

St. James: Average weekly wage $1,575 ($81,900 annual)
St. Charles: Average weekly wage $1,525 ($79,300 annual)
Plaquemines: Average weekly wage $1,450 ($75,400 annual)
St. John the Baptist: Average weekly wage $1,118 ($58,136 annual)
Orleans: Average weekly wage $1,064 ($55,328 annual)
St. Bernard: Average weekly wage $1,043 ($54,236 annual)
Jefferson: Average weekly wage $960 ($49,920 annual)
St. Tammany: Average weekly wage $921 ($47,892)
Tangipahoa: Average weekly wage $685 ($35,620)
Washington: Average weekly wage $682 ($35,464)

The Louisiana average is $954 weekly ($49,608 annual). The Louisiana parish with the highest average weekly wage is Cameron Parish, at $1,900 ($98,800)

The U.S. average weekly wage is $1,184 ($61,568 annual).

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