Boise is among the nation’s bottom 10 mid-sized metro areas for wage growth, among both the lowest- and highest-paid workers, according to Headlight Data, a data aggregation company.
Analysts reviewed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data between 2005 and 2014. They found Boise’s median wages, adjusted for inflation, declined 6.1 percent for the highest-paid workers and 8.1 percent for the lowest-paid workers.
According to BLS data for the first quarter of 2015, the average weekly wage in Ada County was $873. In Canyon County, it was $630. The average statewide was $736, compared with $1,048 nationwide and ranking Idaho 50th in the U.S. for wages, ahead of only Mississippi.
This story appears in the Nov. 18-Dec. 15, 2015, edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine.