Middle-class wages are stagnant—Middle-wage workers’ hourly wage is up 6% since 1979, low-wage workers’ wages are down 5%, while those with very high wages saw a 41% increase.
Cumulative change in real hourly wages of all workers, by wage percentile*, 1979-2013
*Low wage is 10th percentile, middle wage is 50th percentile, ver high wage is 95th percentile. Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation group microdata. Reproduced from Figure F in “Why America’s Workers Need Foster Wage Growth—And What We Can Do About It”.