Have your wages stagnated?

Since the turn of the century, economists say workers’ share of all income generated has declined significantly. In the four decades after WWII, the “labor share” averaged around 64 percent. But since 2000, it’s been accelerating on a downward trajectory, and in recent years it hovered around 58 percent.

Today’s Question: Have your wages stagnated?

If you are willing to be interviewed on this subject by an MPR News reporter or producer, please share your story here.

  • Pearly

    Yes. I’m self employed

    • Gary F

      Obama Prosperity. Hope and change baby.

  • Gary F

    Nope, I work on straight commission.It sucked in 2008-2010, but you have to learn to adapt.

  • lindblomeagles

    This question is far too simple to be accurately answered here. Overall, economists have said for the past two decades workers’ wages have stagnated/declined. But, in certain fields, wages have substantially grown. Farmers, for instance, are doing far better than they had been doing in the 1970s and 80s. Nurses are another profession whose income has increased in the past decade. Some occupations have fallen tremendously, occupations like grocery store workers, auto mechanics, and, in some states, politicians, whose income lost is made up through “campaign funding” mechanisms. Some jobs have always been at the bottom, jobs like janitorial services, retail sales clerks, and restaurateurs.

  • Yanotha Twangai

    Not many comments here… Probably because the people whose wages have stagnated are too busy trying to make ends meet to post here, and the ones whose income has soared are too embarrassed about it to say so.

  • Mark in Ohio

    Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from good state school known for engineering, 20 years in the field, great performance reviews, and my salary has increased by a total of less than 3% over the last 10 years. I’m pretty sure that’s a good example of stagnation. So much for the vaunted STEM fields.