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Washington and U.S. average wages

Average wages

Inflation-adjusted to 2018 dollars

Year Washington U.S.
2018 $55,640 $57,519
2017 $63,156 $56,841
2016 $61,261 $55,976
2015 $59,836 $55,802
2014 $58,206 $54,266
2013 $56,925 $53,415
2012 $56,703 $53,585
2011 $56,312 $53,249
2010 $55,738 $53,107
2009 $55,401 $52,652
2008 $54,283 $52,596
2007 $54,665 $52,810
2006 $53,221 $51,804
2005 $52,011 $50,855
2004 $51,889 $50,505
2003 $51,627 $49,578
2002 $51,565 $49,031
2001 $51,260 $48,884
2000 $51,896 $48,455
1999 $51,159 $46,848
1998 $48,306 $45,530

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  • Washington started the decade of the 1980s in much better economic condition than the U.S. overall.
  • During the 1980s, high-paying jobs were lost as some production was shifted abroad. High real interest rates in the U.S. further depressed the demand for durable goods. Washington average wages were lower than the U.S. average wages during the years 1987-1990.
  • Real average wages started rising again in 1989 as the state benefited from growth in aerospace employment and foreign trade while the U.S. economy was in recession.
  • The fast growth in average wages during the mid- to late 1990s proved to be unsustainable as high-wage, but non-performing Dot-Com firms fell by the wayside.
  • The post 9/11 recession suppressed average wages in the early part of the decade, and significant growth did not resume until 2006.
  • The Great recession resulted in a decline in average wages in 2008 for both Washington and the U.S.
  • Washington state ranked 6th among the states in average wages in 2018.

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Last updated
Monday, July 20, 2020
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