Salem has a full-fledged urban economy. The city is not a bedroom community. Instead, there a roughly equal number of people who commute into Salem as there are residents who commute to elsewhere.
Employment in the city and for Salem residents is concentrated in education, healthcare, retail, and foodservice—industries that pay low- and middle-incomes on average. Salem should work to create ladders of opportunity from low-barrier-to-entry jobs to high wagers, in part to ensure its community can keep up with rising costs of living.