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Average wages grew in 36 of Idaho’s 44 counties in 2013, the Idaho Department of Labor reports, although the average wage in the state remained at just 75.6 percent of the national average. That was an improvement from 2012, when Idaho’s average wage was 74.4 percent of the national average.
Ada County’s average wage of $43,937 was above the state average of $37,800, and was 87.9 percent of the national average. Canyon County, at $33,230, was below the state average and 66.4 percent of the national average. Kootenai County, at $34,834, was 69.7 percent of the national average. You can see the Department of Labor’s full report, based on new estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, online here, including breakdowns for all 44 counties.
A new report on pay disparities finds that women and minorities in Idaho who work full-time are far less likely to earn a living wage than the population as a whole, and though such disparities also show up nationwide, they’re more pronounced in Idaho. The report “Equity in the Balance,” which examined pay disparities in 10 states including Idaho, found that for single adults in Idaho working full-time, just 51 percent make a living wage, which for Idaho was calculated at $14.57 an hour, enough to cover basics including food, housing, transportation and child care. For women, that percentage fell to 43 percent; for Latinos, 31 percent; for people of color, 39 percent; and for Native Americans, 37 percent. Even bigger disparities were found for households with children.
Nationally, the study estimated that 61 percent of all workers earn a living wage, with the number falling to 57 percent for women, 42 percent for Latinos, 52 percent for people of color and 50 percent for Native Americans.
“It’s more pronounced in Idaho,” said Ben Henry, a senior policy associate with Seattle-based Alliance for a Just Society, the lead author of the report, which also was produced in collaboration with the Idaho Community Action Network. “Women and people of color just simply are not making ends meet,” he said. “It’s concerning and sobering to say the least.”
The full report is online here. The sponsors say raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid and other steps could ease the burden for low-wage workers in Idaho. Idaho currently ties its minimum wage to the federal minimum wage, so it’s $7.25 an hour, a rate that hasn’t changed in five years. Last year, legislation was introduced to phase in an increase in Idaho’s minimum wage to $9.75 an hour, but the bill, sponsored by three Democratic state senators, never got a hearing.
Idaho’s average hourly wage slipped as a percentage of the national average in 2013, the Idaho Department of Labor reports, but the decline was less than the state saw in 2011 and 2012. According to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Idaho’s average hourly wage for all occupations in 2013 was $18.67, 83.6 percent of the national average wage. That’s up slightly from $18.48 in 2012, but it’s down four-tenths of a percent as a percentage of the national average wage – meaning Idaho’s wages aren’t growing as fast as other states as the economy recovers. Idaho’s median wage was $14.68 an hour, which was 87 percent of the national average, a decline of three-tenths of a percentage point from 2012. That was up 10 cents from the $14.58 rate in 2012.
Overall, Idaho’s average wage ranked 47th among the states, down from 46th in 2012, and its median wage ranked 45th, down from 43rd a year earlier. There’s more info here, including a breakdown by occupations.
Idaho workers’ average hourly wages were 84 percent of the national average in 2012, the Idaho Department of Labor reports, down from 85.2 percent of average in 2011. That ranked the state 45th in the nation, down from 44th in 2011. For all occupations, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that Boise workers made 11 percent less than the national average wage; Coeur d’Alene workers, 21 percent less; Idaho Falls, 22 percent less; Lewiston, 17 percent less; and Pocatello, 19 percent less. Pocatello was the state’s only metro area where the percentage increased from the year before. You can read a full report here from the Idaho Department of Labor.
Idaho women earned 75.2 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earned in 2011, according to new U.S. Census data released today. That was an improvement from a year earlier, when Idaho women earned 73.9 cents per dollar of their male counterparts' earnings, the data showed, but Idaho still ranked 42nd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its earnings parity; this is for full-time, year-round workers. The national average for 2011 was 77 cents.
Washington was above the national average at 77.3 cents; while other neighboring states varied widely. Here are their scores: Nevada ranked fifth at 84.9 cents; Montana was just behind Idaho at 43rd, with 74.6 cents; Utah was 49th at 69 cents; and Wyoming had the largest gap in the nation between female and male earnings, at 66.6 cents.
The National Women's Law Center, which analyzed the new data, reported that from 2010 to 2011, gender wage gaps narrowed in 24 states - including Idaho - while they increased in seven states and stayed flat in 20. Washington, D.C., where women earned 90.4 cents per dollar their male counterparts earned, had the smallest wage gap, while the lowest among states came in Vermont at 86.7 cents. You can see the full state-by-state chart here.
Idaho ranks 43rd among the states for its gender pay gap, according to a new study from the American Association of University Women, which found that, based on 2010 federal data, the median pay for a full-time worker over age 16 in Idaho is $41,128 for men, but just $30,403 for women. That means Idaho women earn 74 percent as much as Idaho men; State Impact Idaho reports here that it's just the latest study highlighting Idaho's gender pay gap.
Neighboring Washington and Oregon ranked 27th and 28th, at 77 percent; while neighboring Utah and Montana fared even worse than Idaho in the study, with Montana ranking 46th at 73 percent and Utah 49th at 69 percent.
Interestingly, the Idaho Statesman recently highlighted a pay gap among top women in Gov. Butch Otter's administration, which Otter declined to discuss with the newspaper; their report found that Otter's female cabinet members earn 83 percent of what their male counterparts earn. I reported on a similar finding in June of 2010, when I found that of the 77 heads of Idaho state agencies under the Otter administration, 27 were women and 50 were men, and the average salary for the male agency heads was $109,658, while for the females it was $88,681. Otter said then that he would analyze the gap. “If there's inequities, then we oughta correct them where we can and as soon as we can.” Click below to read my 2012 report.
Idaho wages slipped during the recession compared to other states, the Idaho Department of Labor reports, with the average wage falling from 37th in the nation in 2008 to 38th in 2010, and the median wage falling from 35th to 39th. In 2010, the latest survey put Idaho's average wage for all jobs at $18.56 an hour, 15 percent below the national average. The median was $14.54 an hour, 12 percent below the national median; you can read the full labor report here.