Wages up– but you still can’t afford to live here
Paychecks in the Charlottesville area have gone up 4.7 percent in the past year. The bad news? "Charlottesville is 6 percent below the national average," according to Joe Kilmartin with Salary.com, which conducted the survey for the Chamber of Commerce.
Nationally, wages increased 3.9 percent, so Charlottesville's gain "brings us closer to the national average," says Kilmartin.
"The Charlottesville market is not all that it could be in terms of wages," acknowledges Tim Hulbert, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, which commissioned the survey.
A press release reveals that the median salary for a call center rep is $21,800. A graphic designer makes $38K, and a nurse practitioner pulls in $75,200.
Alas, the median house price in Charlottesville is $280,000 and in Albemarle $310,500, keeping home ownership out of the reach of many of the workers whose companies were surveyed.
And what does a waiter or a bank teller make in Charlottesville? The Chamber isn't telling beyond the 13 jobs listed on the release, which include medians for warehouse supervisor ($45,000), fundraising manager ($92,600), and IT director ($95k).
The survey is proprietary, and Carolyn Fowler of HR Diversified Solutions warns the Hook that even if we pony up $200 for a copy of the report, publishing the information is strictly forbidden.
The hush-hushedness of salary information around here reminds us of Will Shaw, who took UVA to court over a Freedom of Information Act request to see a market survey for jobs that Shaw, as a manager, at times had to fill. UVA refused to provide the information, and ultimately the General Assembly rewrote the law to make it "UVA proof." Then Shaw was moved to a job without management responsibilities, a move the university insists was not retaliatory.
Anyway, enjoy that extra 4.7 percent in your average paycheck.