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Washington and U.S. average wages

Average wages

Inflation-adjusted to 2015 dollars

Year Washington U.S.
2015 $57,057 $57,057
2014 $55,929 $55,929
2013 $54,901 $54,901
2012 $54,815 $54,815
2011 $54,414 $54,414
2010 $53,613 $53,613
2009 $52,821 $52,821
2008 $52,261 $52,261
2007 $52,114 $52,114
2006 $50,849 $50,849
2005 $49,876 $49,876
2004 $49,950 $49,950
2003 $49,858 $49,858
2002 $49,842 $49,842
2001 $49,648 $49,648
2000 $50,437 $50,437
1999 $49,620 $49,620
1998 $46,826 $46,826
1997 $44,016 $44,016
1996 $42,058 $42,058
1995 $40,737 $40,737
1994 $40,045 $40,045
1993 $39,909 $39,909
1992 $40,293 $40,293
1991 $38,570 $38,570
1990 $37,666 $37,666

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Washington and U.S. Average Wage from 1980 to 2009

  • 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 9th among the states in average wages in 2015.

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Last modified: August 16, 2017
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