We all need more money on that paycheck bottom line, right? We work hard, we’re doing what’s asked of us, but at the end of the day it can feel like the government gets more of our money than we do.
And the rest of it goes to essential but not exactly fun stuff like housing and food. Ugh!
If you’re looking for a way to change that, or at least to ease a bit of your stress, here are the states where you’re likely to get more pay for the same type of work.
Oregon is doing its best to keep up with its neighbor, Washington, by increasing wages 43.82% between 2010 and 2020.
They have a ways to go to leap into first place, though.
Massachusetts saw a 44.95% increase in wages in the past decade, putting them in fourth place.
I don’t know about you, but this history nerd would love living in Boston!
3. North Dakota
I bet you didn’t see this one coming, right?
Wages here have risen 45.47%, from an average of $38,128 in 2010 to $55,465 in 2020.
California comes in second place on this list, where wages have risen 49.16% in the past ten years – and are 14% higher than the national average.
In 2010, the average pay in California was $53,286 and in 2020 it was $79,480.
1. Washington (State)
The biggest average annual increase in wages was in Washington, where over the past decade wages have increased 58.28% – from $48,516 in 2010 to $76,791 in 2020.
That’s a pretty big jump!
Welp, my state is definitely not on this list – not that I expected it to be. If these trends continue, though, I might definitely consider a move.
Is your state here? Let us know what it’s like living in this higher-wage paradise when you have time!