Washington's average annual wage grew by 3.6 percent in 2011.
The annual average went from $48,162 in 2010 to $49,894 in 2011, according to the state Employment Security Department.
Much of the increase was driven by a 7.5 percent increase in the number of insured workers earning more than $75,000. Overall, the number of workers in Washington covered by unemployment insurance grew by 37,764 in 2011, and earnings grew by $6.6 billion.
The three industries with the highest wage growth in 2011 were the information sector, with wage growth of 9.5 percent; company management, up 7.9 percent; and manufacturing, up 5 percent.
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The average weekly wage rose from $926 to $959.