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