What is the average salary in Connecticut?

1 min readLast updated December 7, 2023by Kate Morgan

Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Connecticut.

Summary

  • The state of Connecticut is known for its high cost of living, which means that salaries are generally higher than in other parts of the country.

  • The financial landscape in Connecticut is diverse, with a range of industries and job opportunities available throughout the state.

  • It is essential to take into account the cost of housing, transportation, and other expenses when considering the overall financial landscape of the state. 

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average weekly wage in Connecticut is higher than the national average.

  • The highest-paying industries in Connecticut include finance and insurance, professional and technical services, and information technology.

  • A financial advisor can help you stay on top of your finances and make confident financial decisions.

What is a good salary in Connecticut? 

The median income in Connecticut is $78,833. Defining a ‘good’ salary can depend on multiple factors, including living expenses and desired lifestyle. However, earning a salary above the state median income can be considered a good income.  

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What is the average salary in Connecticut by age? 

Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Connecticut are also dependent on age, since more senior workers will be paid more. Then, when they retire, their income will dip again as they will rely on pensions and other forms of set income.  

The Census Bureau data finds that householders under 25 have a median household income of $49,869; householders aged 24 to 44 years old have a median income of $83,985; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $103,210; and those 65 and older have a median income of $64,783. 

What is the average salary in Connecticut by hour? 

If Americans work an average of 1,801 hours per year — at 37.5 hours a week — then the average hourly salary in Connecticut is $30.22.  

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What is the average salary by city in Connecticut?

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Connecticut’s own cities can vary massively in average salary; cities like Greenwich and West Hartford command well into six figures, while Hartford’s average sits below $35,000.  

Average earnings by city — or any other geographical metric — is just one way of calculating wealth, and certainly shouldn’t be the only way you look at your own earning potential in a given place. It doesn’t take into account the type of jobs that people do to earn above or below this average bracket, and omits any consideration for the number of people living in a household. However, it’s certainly one way of establishing which place offers good earning opportunities.  

The US Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey has calculated the average earnings for the largest cities in Connecticut, which you can find ranked below.

CityAverage household income
Bridgeport $48,293
New Haven $44,730
Hartford $34,868
Stamford $93,325
Waterbury $44,135
Norwalk $85,270
Danbury $77,292
New Britain $42,578
West Hartford $100,254
Greenwich $184,888

What is the average salary by county in Connecticut?

Reviewing average salaries in Connecticut by city is not necessarily an adequate metric for average salaries across the state, since it’s entirely urban-focused. A good idea is to weigh these figures up against the average salary in Connecticut by county, as this will take areas outside the main cities into account and offer a broader idea of salary ranges.  

The same survey from the US Census Bureau gives further insight this way, with the average household income calculated for each county.

CountyAverage household income
Fairfield County $110,358
Hartford County $77,340
Litchfield County $83,820
Middlesex County $93,170
New Haven County $76,813
New London County $81,857
Tolland County $91,242
Windham County $69,011

What are the highest-paying jobs in Connecticut?

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Connecticut: your job type. Average salaries for various sectors and job roles can vary massively across the state, so it’s absolutely something to consider when looking at salaries by location.  

SoFi Learn has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by occupation area, which you can also find below.

OccupationAnnual mean wage
Management $138,148
Business & Financial Operations $84,198
Computer & Mathematical $119,872
Architecture & Engineering $105,770
Life, Physical, & Social Science $91,100
Community & Social Service $58,272
Legal $117,935
Education, Training, & Library $64,168
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $69,625
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $105,245
Healthcare Support $33,159
Protective Service $52,280
Food Preparation & Serving Related $31,993
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $37,461
Personal Care & Service $34,047
Sales & Related $38,049
Office & Administrative Support $46,994
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,169
Construction & Extraction $62,681
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $58,497
Production $40,168
Transportation & Material Moving $37,578

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Kate Morgan

Kate has written for leading publications and blue chip companies over the last 20 years.

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