Date of Award

Spring 1959

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Business Administration


This paper is a study of area differentials, within the State of Virginia, in the compensation of non management; employees and the effect of "Cost-of-Living" upon wage differentials. Basically, area differential in wages means the difference between wage rates for the same job in different communities. There is a definite differential in wage payments for a given job in the various regions within the State of Virginia. Some times they appear to be almost incomprehensibly out of line. However, as this paper develops, the reasons for these differences may become clear. Certainly their existence will be apparent. A given job must have a standard definition and the ones used are from the Occupational Title Code of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The raw data must be assembled in light of these definitions, then the comparison can be made.