Nevada salary growth (very) near bottom of the list


The average annual salary in Nevada in 2008 was $42,984. Ten years later, it was $50,041.

That 16.4 percent increase in nominal — not adjusted for inflation — dollars was the third smallest in the nation, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Comparisun, a financial literacy and business services rating site.

Nationally, nominal salaries grew by 25 percent.

Only Wyoming and Connecticut, at 15.84 percent and 16.01 percent respectively, had smaller increases than Nevada.

The state’s poor showing underscores how Nevada households have failed to make economic gains since the economic crash. An Economic Policy Institute analysis in September found when adjusted for inflation, Nevada’s median household income was 12.3 percent lower in 2018 than it was in 2007.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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