If you’ve been called back to the office, it might be time to ask for a raise. A new study conducted by ChamberofCommerce.org that analyzed the costliest commutes reveals that commuters in the Phoenix suburbs of Gilbert and Peoria each lose more than $7,300 in wages per year due to time spent sitting in traffic.
Overall, both communities rank within the top 25 cities in the nation when it comes to most expensive commutes for drivers.
Nationwide, the average annual wage loss for commuters driving to work is $5,748.05 per year.
At the top of the list are two Bay Area cities: San Francisco ($12,650.66) and Fremont, California ($12,048.32).
Here are the highlights for Peoria, which ranks No. 23 for the costliest commute:
- Average Round-Trip Commute: 59 minutes
- Median Earnings for Full-Time Workers: $62,831
- Daily Commute Cost: $29.70
- Yearly Commute Cost: $7,722.98
Here are the highlights for Gilbert, which ranks No. 24 for the costliest commute:
- Average Round-Trip Commute: 48.8 minutes
- Median Earnings for Full-Time Workers: $72,725
- Daily Commute Cost: $28.44
- Yearly Commute Cost: $7,393.71
Elsewhere, the cost to commute in Phoenix ($5,119.48) falls slightly below the national average ($5,748.05).
The study analyzed the average daily and annual cost of commuting in 170 cities across the country. To determine the amount of lost wages while commuters sit in traffic, the analysis compared the average commute time in each city with the median income for full-time, year-round workers.
You can find the full data here.