The Seattle Times this morning ran a front-page article on pay in the WA aerospace industry. You can find the article online here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...erospace/2004076057_787jobs16.html
In a nutshell, they found that while the 2003 tax breaks have indeed brought significant new aerospace jobs to WA state, most of those jobs pay less then $20 an hour (upwards of half in some cases) while most jobs at Boeing pay more then $20 an hour, thanks to the IAM and SPEA unions. In fact, most WA aerospace workers make less money then the average WA worker, however that data needs to be adjusted against the significant high-tech industry in the state. If we were still mostly logging, like fifty years ago, I expect aerospace would be paying mighty well. Also, a significant number of these new workers are either immigrants or young people fresh out of high school who do not have an educational background in the industry and are mostly learning "on the job" as they watch more experienced co-workers.
On the plus side for the state, these jobs would be outsourced, anyway, so at least WA is making revenue from them and not AL or SC - or Mexico or China. So in the eyes of the state government, the tax breaks have done their job - keeping an active aerospace sector in the state, even if the low wages now makes non-Boeing aerospace jobs more of a temporary position instead of an entry-level position to a long career in the industry.