Real Wages Down 6.7 Percent
in US Since 2006
Updated October 1, 2013
The good news – wages are up 8.2 percent overall in the US since 2006. The bad news – due to inflation, "real wages" are down 6.7 percent. In other words, the income for a typical worker today buys them less than it did in 2006. The PayScale Real Wage Index incorporates the Consumer Price Index (CPI) into The PayScale Index (which tracks nominal wages) and looks at the buying power of wages for full-time private industry workers in the U.S.
PayScale Real Wage Index: National (US) by Quarter
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Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.
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