Average Hourly Wages - 2000
As outlined in row 8 of the attached spreadsheet, the average hourly wages by state in 2001 range from $12.14 in Montana to $22.74 in Connecticut. States with wages $20 and over include California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
- In 2001, Alabama's average hourly wages were $14.52.
- Alaska, in the same year averaged $17.57
- California's average hourly wages was $20.60.
- New Jersey paid its workers an average of $21.84 per hour.
- New York paid an average of $22.68 per hour.
To arrive at the average hourly wages per state, we used each state's median salary published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We also assumed that each year has 2000 working hours (50 working weeks, and each week has 40 working hours). We then divided each median salary by the total number of hours per week.
See calculations below:
The state's average wage in dollars ($) divided by annual work hours