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New Report Finds Stagnant Wages in South Carolina

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A new report looking at wage increases across the U.S. found that after adjusting for inflation, South Carolina wages remained flat between 2015 and 2018, compared to a national increase of 2.2%.

To find the U.S. metros and states where incomes are rising the fastest, researchers at 360 Quote analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics over a three year period. Income growth was measured as the inflation-adjusted percentage change in earnings for full-time workers from 2015 to 2018. Researchers also calculated the occupation with the most wage growth in each location, out of all occupations with at least 100,000 workers nationally.

The analysis found that after adjusting for inflation, South Carolina wages remained flat between 2015 and 2018. Here is a summary of the data for South Carolina:

  • Change in earnings for full-time workers (inflation-adjusted): No statistically significant change
  • 2018 median earnings for full-time workers (2018 dollars): $41,448
  • 2015 median earnings for full-time workers (2015 dollars): $38,653
  • Occupation with the most wage growth: Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Change in earnings for full-time workers (inflation-adjusted): 2.2%
  • 2018 median earnings for full-time workers (2018 dollars): $48,565
  • 2015 median earnings for full-time workers (2015 dollars): $44,819
  • Occupation with the most wage growth: Flight Attendants

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results for all states and metros, you can find the original report here.

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