Washington State reports biggest pay gain again
December 16, 1999
In 1998, Washington State led the nation in pay growth for the second year in a row. Average annual pay in Washington State advanced by 7.5 percent last year.
Five other States had pay gains in excess of 6.0 percent in 1998: Colorado (7.3 percent), Georgia (6.3 percent), Virginia (6.2 percent), Minnesota (6.1 percent), and Texas (6.1 percent). In the U.S. overall, average annual pay rose by 5.1 percent from 1997 to 1998.
Annual wages in the faster-growth States were very close to the U.S. average. Average pay in Washington State was $33,076, which was not much higher than the comparable U.S. figure of $31,908. Colorado workers were paid $32,246 and in Minnesota workers received $32,073, both slightly above the U.S. average. Pay was somewhat below the U.S. average in Texas ($31,512), Virginia ($31,384) and Georgia ($30,873).
The BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program produced these data. Pay data presented here are for all workers covered by State and Federal unemployment insurance programs. Find more information on pay in 1998 in "Average Annual Pay By State and Industry, 1998," news release USDL 99-357.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Washington State reports biggest pay gain again on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/dec/wk2/art04.htm (visited October 26, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.