This probably won't be billboard material for Occupy Wall Street, but compensation rose in 2,480 counties in the United States between 2010 and 2009, while it declined in 633.
The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis ranks the more than 3,100 counties in terms of total compensation, which is defined as salary and benefits. For example, just 5 percent of those counties have at least $10 billion in total comp.
In the Philadelphia region, eight of the nine counties meet that threshold. The City of Philadelphia (which is a county) stands at the top in terms of total comp with $46.0 billion. At the other end is Gloucester County with $5.5 billion.
But in terms of average compensation per job, Philadelphia comes in third with $67,202 in 2010, up 0.9 percent. Chester County had per-job average of $75,057, while Montgomery County was second with $71,169.