Wage levels across the states have converged: State median wage level relative to U.S. median wage, 1979 and 2018

1979 2018
Count States Count States
Below 80% 5 AR, MS, SC, SD, NC 0
80–84% 4 FL, ME, ND, VT 2 MS, NM
85–89% 6 AL, KS, LA, MO, OK, TN 8 AL, AR, FL, ID, MT, NC, OK, WV
90–99% 13 DE, GA, HI, IA, KY, MT, NE, NH, NM, RI, TX, VA, WV 18 DE, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, ND, NE, NV, SC, SD, TN, TX, WI, WY
100% or more 22 AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, UT, WA, WY 23 AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, UT, VA, VT, WA

Notes: Values describe the full-time, full-year median wages of workers in each state as a share of the U.S. national full-time, full-year median wage.

Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement microdata

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