Not surprisingly, workers in Silicon Valley and San Francisco have the highest average wages in the Bay Area.
What might be more interesting is that workers in every Bay Area county have average wages above $1,000 per week and in all but one county, wages are above the national average of $1,109, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Workers in Santa Clara County earned an average of $2,576 per week, more than workers in any other county in the country. Workers in San Mateo County earned the second highest amount in the Bay Area and the third-highest in the country at $2,341. Sonoma County workers had the lowest average wages in the region at $1,070. Here are weekly wages by county:
#1. Santa Clara — $2,576
#2. San Mateo — $2,341
#3. San Francisco — $2,232
#4. Alameda — $1,457
#5. Marin — $1,400
#6. Contra Costa — $1,344
#7. Napa — $1,119
#8. Solano — $1,115
#9. Sonoma — $1,070
While wages are high, so is the cost of living in the Bay Area with housing at or close to the most expensive in the nation. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area had the highest cost of living in the nation. The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area had the third highest.
The cost of living in the Solano County area was 17.6 percent higher than the national average.