A Charmed Life?
Baltimore’s healthcare workers are getting shortchanged in comparison to caregivers in other big East Coast cities. Their counterparts in Washington, New York and Philadelphia all make more on average—30 percent more in New York.
Because Baltimore’s caregivers fill one in five jobs in our city, their low pay puts a damper on the whole city’s economy.
And while it’s often assumed that the cost of living is lower in Baltimore,
some expenses are actually much higher. The average utility bill here is 22 percent higher than in Philly. It’s 67 percent higher than New York!
And the lower wages in Baltimore make housing harder to afford. Forty-two percent of Baltimore residents pay more than a third of their income for rent.