8 States With the Highest Wages in America
Even though average wages in the United States have remained relatively steady for the past decade, regional variance persists. Some states have seen rising wages with increases in industries like natural gas production, while others have been hit harder by the economic downturn that has lingered in everyone’s minds for the last several years.
While a number of Americans are struggling with unemployment, others are struggling despite being able to find employment, having to take on additional jobs and hours to make enough money. Conditions in some states are particularly bad, featuring many minimum or near-minimum wage positions, while other states are offering more money to workers especially when workers are scarce. In North Dakota, average wages have risen by more than 25 percent between 2007 and 2012.
Looking for a place to move to add a little more money to your bank account? Here are the eight states with the highest average weekly wages in the United States, according to Governing Data.
The first entry on the list is Washington, with a mean weekly income of $999. While much of the state is occupied with industries such as forestry, Seattle is the headquarters of companies like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX). In addition, the presence of tech firms means that there are plenty of jobs that provide more than enough money to enjoy a good cup of coffee in the state.