50 States Where Wages Are Growing Fastest in America

Did you receive a pay raise this year? If so, and it was enough to offset the increasing prices amid record inflation, polling suggests you’re in the minority.

Only 17% of Americans said their wages had kept up with record rates of inflation in early 2022, according to a poll commissioned by The New York Times. The prices of all goods and services went from increasing at a 2% rate annually in March 2021 to 8.5% by March 2022.

Earnings growth largely stagnated over the last decade for the typical American worker, growing at a rate of about 2% each year—a rate that began ticking upward as the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in 2020 put immense pressure on the U.S. workforce.

Women abandoned the workforce in droves as schools closed temporarily to in-person learning. Many child care providers also were forced to shutter permanently as families sheltered at home. Many older workers nearing retirement left their jobs. Since economies began roaring back to life across the country, employers struggled to find and attract workers and raise pay to entice new hires.

To identify the states where American workers have made the most gains, Stacker collected data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the percent change in average weekly wages by state for the first quarter of 2022. States are ranked based on the percent change between the first quarter of 2021 and 2022. Any ties were broken by looking at a more precise calculation.

With a 2-1 ratio of job openings to people in the workforce for most of this year, workers have discovered newfound leverage to obtain higher pay and benefits by switching jobs.

Connecticut had the largest net change in average weekly wages, with an increase of $145. Connecticut is home to a large financial services industry and a relatively wealthy population compared to the rest of the nation, though, and ranked among the top 10 in terms of year-over-year change. The state that saw the largest percentage increase in wages year over year was Wyoming.

New York has the highest average weekly wages, at $1,972; Mississippi has the lowest, at $879. In Mississippi, however, the typical worker saw their pay increase by $69 from 2021 to 2022, ranking the Southern U.S. state in the upper half of wage growth. Mississippi is among the five states with no minimum wage law, and a legislative proposal to institute and gradually raise a minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2025 failed to become law this year.

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#50. California

Employees at work inside the offices of Highfive in Redwood City

Image credit: San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 1.0%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,644
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,627
– Net increase: $17

#49. Maryland

Front desk registration employees at a hotel

Image credit: Jeff Greenberg from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 2.0%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,410
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,382
– Net increase: $28

#48. Washington

Starbucks employees working

Image credit: EchoVisuals from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 3.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,596
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,538
– Net increase: $58

#47. Hawaii

Busy intersection in the evening along the famous Kalakaua shopping district

Image credit: Jeff Whyte from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 4.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,135
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,089
– Net increase: $46

#46. New Jersey

Employees work at an Amazon Fulfillment Center

Image credit: Mark Makela from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 4.6%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,606
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,535
– Net increase: $71

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#45. Alaska

Ketchikan shopping district

Image credit: Darryl Brooks from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 4.9%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,178
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,123
– Net increase: $55

#44. New York

Businessman crossing the street on crosswalk

Image credit: Nick Starichenko from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 5.6%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,972
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,868
– Net increase: $104

#43. Massachusetts

Employees at work in the Kayak office

Image credit: Boston Globe from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 5.9%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,827
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,726
– Net increase: $101

#42. West Virginia

Residential and commercial buildings in West Virginia

Image credit: Khairil Azhar Junos from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.1%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $968
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $912
– Net increase: $56

#41. Michigan

A worker handle parts for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Image credit: Bill Pugliano from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,225
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,154
– Net increase: $71

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#40. New Mexico

An employee works at her computer in a home and office furniture and accessory store

Image credit: Robert Alexander from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.5%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,018
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $956
– Net increase: $62

#39. Virginia

The Downtown Mall in Charlottesville

Image credit: ImagineerInc from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.6%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,366
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,282
– Net increase: $84

#38. Rhode Island

Street scene from the town of Newport, Rhode Island

Image credit: littlenySTOCK from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,249
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,170
– Net increase: $79

#37. Minnesota

Workers install solar carport

Image credit: Joe Ferrer from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,374
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,287
– Net increase: $87

#36. Pennsylvania

Long street of historical part of Harrisburg

Image credit: Ludmila Ruzickova from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.9%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,309
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,225
– Net increase: $84

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#35. North Dakota

Aerial view of Jamestown, North Dakota

Image credit: Jacob Boomsma from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 6.9%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,106
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,035
– Net increase: $71

#34. Missouri

Window washer stands on ladder holding squeegee

Image credit: LanaG from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.0%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,128
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,054
– Net increase: $74

#33. Illinois

Inside of Starbucks in Seattle

Image credit: Sorbis from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.3%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,487
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,386
– Net increase: $101

#32. Oregon

Man wearing a headset working at a technology company call center

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– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.4%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,259
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,172
– Net increase: $87

#31. Ohio

A chef works with his employees at a restaurant

Image credit: Dustin Franz for The Washington Post from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.5%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,179
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,097
– Net increase: $82

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#30. Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona, downtown cityscape

Image credit: Sean Pavone from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.5%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,234
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,148
– Net increase: $86

#29. Delaware

View of the skyline of downtown Wilmington

Image credit: quiggyt4 from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.5%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,362
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,267
– Net increase: $95

#28. Kentucky

Street view in Louisville downtown

Image credit: 4kclips from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.6%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,038
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $965
– Net increase: $73

#27. Iowa

Des Moines Iowa skyline

Image credit: f11photo from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.6%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,080
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,004
– Net increase: $76

#26. Vermont

Employees at the Simon Pearce glass company work on a handmade goblet

Image credit: Robert Nickelsberg from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.7%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,107
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,028
– Net increase: $79

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#25. New Hampshire

Historic town center of Exeter, New Hampshire

Image credit: Wangkun Jia from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 7.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,361
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,262
– Net increase: $99

#24. Nevada

Lobby and front desk of the newly opened hotel

Image credit: RYO Alexandre from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.0%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,164
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,078
– Net increase: $86

#23. Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, downtown skyline

Image credit: Sean Pavone from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.0%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,012
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $937
– Net increase: $75

#22. Utah

A pharmacy technician grabs a bottle of drugs off a shelve

Image credit: George Frey from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,152
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,065
– Net increase: $87

#21. Alabama

Aerial view of downtown Mobile, Alabama

Image credit: Kevin Ruck from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,072
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $991
– Net increase: $81

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#20. Montana

Downtown streets of the small tourist town of Red Lodge

Image credit: melissamn from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.3%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $991
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $915
– Net increase: $76

#19. Idaho

A worker operating a CNC router mill

Image credit: B Brown from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.5%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $982
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $905
– Net increase: $77

#18. Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, cityscape at dusk

Image credit: Sean Pavone from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.5%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $879
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $810
– Net increase: $69

#17. South Dakota

Aerial view of the Sioux Falls Suburb of Canton, South Dakota

Image credit: Jacob Boomsma from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.6%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,012
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $932
– Net increase: $80

#16. Louisiana

New Orleans bars and restaurants in the day

Image credit: Sean Pavone from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.6%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,058
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $974
– Net increase: $84

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#15. Wisconsin

Walmart employees sorting products

Image credit: PJiiiJane from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.7%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,137
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,046
– Net increase: $91

#14. Texas

Construction workers in downtown El Paso, Texas

Image credit: Grossinger from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.7%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,369
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,259
– Net increase: $110

#13. Georgia

Aerial view downtown Atlanta skyline

Image credit: RodClementPhotography from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,301
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,196
– Net increase: $105

#12. Tennessee

Employees work on LG washing machines

Image credit: Cara Siera from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,172
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,077
– Net increase: $95

#11. Colorado

An employee working in her office at a desk

Image credit: Joe Amon from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 8.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,455
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,337
– Net increase: $118

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#10. Kansas

Aerial view of Lawrence, Kansas

Image credit: Jacob Boomsma from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 9.0%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,073
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $984
– Net increase: $89

#9. Nebraska

Skyline of Omaha, Nebraska

Image credit: Henryk Sadura from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 9.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,079
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $988
– Net increase: $91

#8. South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina, downtown buildings

Image credit: Sean Pavone from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 9.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,043
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $955
– Net increase: $88

#7. Connecticut

Team of consturction workers working with concrete

Image credit: GREG PATTON from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 9.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,716
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,571
– Net increase: $145

#6. North Carolina

Construction workers welding

Image credit: Joseph K Fuller from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 9.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,241
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,136
– Net increase: $105

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#5. Indiana

Workers in a car body shop

Image credit: John Gress Media Inc from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 9.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,127
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,026
– Net increase: $101

#4. Maine

Factory worker uses a die cutting machine

Image credit: Boston Globe from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 10.3%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,103
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,000
– Net increase: $103

#3. Florida

A Target store employee collects shopping carts

Image credit: Joe Raedle from Getty Images

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 10.8%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,222
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $1,103
– Net increase: $119

#2. Arkansas

View of Walmart Museum downtown Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas

Image credit: shuttersv from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 10.9%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,060
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $956
– Net increase: $104

#1. Wyoming

Sunny cityscape of downtown Cheyenne

Image credit: Kit Leong from Shutterstock

– 1-year increase in weekly wages: 11.2%
– Q1 2022 average weekly wages: $1,059
– Q1 2021 average weekly wages: $952
– Net increase: $107

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