These Are The Jobs Where Wages Were Obliterated By The Recession

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In a healthy economy wages grow faster than inflation and everyone gets richer.

We’re not living in a healthy economy.

National wages are still 1 per cent below the peak reached in Q4 2008, according to the PayScale Index. Blue collar jobs, particularly construction, have fallen much further from peak.

The index follows wage changes in the United States, measuring the quarterly change in total cash compensation for full-time, private sector employees. It also measures the pay change against the United States’ growth.

Construction wages were the biggest losers, crashing -6.5% from peak

Source: PayScale Index

Transportation wages collapsed -5.2%

Source: PayScale Index

Manufacturing and production wages fell -3.8%

Source: PayScale Index

Sales wages dropped -3%

Source: PayScale Index

Installation, maintenance and repair wages fell by -2.1%

Source: PayScale Index

Retail wages dropped -1.6%

Source: PayScale Index

Marketing and advertising wages dropped -1.5%

Source: PayScale Index

Legal industry wages fell -1.3%

Source: PayScale Index

Food service jobs dropped by -1.2%

Source: PayScale Index

Art and design wages fell -0.9%

Source: PayScale Index

Media and publishing wages beat the national average, declining -0.8%

Administrative and clerical wages dropped by -0.7%

Source: PayScale Index

Architecture and engineering wages fell by -0.7%

Source: PayScale Index

Accounting and finance wages fell -0.6%

Source: PayScale Index

Human resources wages dropped by -0.4%

Information Technology wages fell by -0.1%

Source: PayScale Index

Science and Biotech wages grew 0.1%

Source: PayScale Index

Healthcare wages increased by 0.3%

Source: PayScale Index

Social service wages grew 1.4%

Source: Pay Scale Index

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