New Hampshire Has the Highest Median Income in the US

by Steve MacDonald

New Hampshire Map - Cropped

For a state with no minimum wage the people who live here are doing rather well.

The mean average hourly wage for the entire state rose from $22.62/hour in 2014 to $24.03/hour in the 2016 report (+6.2%). The mean entry level wage in New Hampshire is $10.66/hour, $3.41 above the federal minimum wage. The median wage is up to $18.39/hour. And if you have “experience,” your average wage is $31.71/hour.

New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate in the nation and in 2016 they had (not for the first time) the highest median income in the country.

(WashPo)  The Granite State’s median household income last year was a whopping $76,260, nearly 30 percent higher than the national median of $59,039, according to the Census.

The typical New Hampshire household earned $35,000 a year more than the typical household in the country’s poorest state, Mississippi, where the median income is $41,099.

Low poverty, low crime, high median income, and high average wages, all without any state minimum wage whatsoever.


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  • mer

    Imagine how much higher the average wage would be if we “fought for 15”. I bet it would help that poverty rate too; bigger numbers are better, right?

  • roger

    Fake News: NH has a minimum wage an it’s $7.25.


    Your stats are correct, but the “no minimum wage” reason is totally false.

    • mer

      Section 279:21

      “Unless otherwise provided by statute, no person, firm, or corporation
      shall employ any employee at an hourly rate lower than that set forth in
      the federal minimum wage law, as amended.”

      That seems to say there is no State mandated minimum wage, doesn’t it? That the NH minimum is not less than the Federal Minimum wage?

      I maintain that the headline is not “totally false” because a State may set a minimum wage higher than the Federal minimum wage, but not lower and NH has chosen to not set it’s own minimum wage.

      I think your link is correct, but your comment about it being Fake News is totally false, since the direct text of your link explicitly says otherwise.

      • roger

        It is, the fact is that every state has a minimum wage, whether the state sets the floor or the Feds, NH has a minimum wage.

        What Steve is implying with his false statement is the libertarian view that we don’t need the government to set wages and look at how high our standard of living is!! But we do have government involvement, that pesky government down in DC!

        The fact is we do have The lowest minimum wage allowed, and even with that are still doing fine.

        But to say that I could go be employed for .50 cents an hour is just BS. If Steve wants some credibility to his argument then he should not start the article off with a falsehood or at least a questionable fact.

        • OldNHMan

          The actual minimum wage, regardless of what the Feds or the state says, is $0. If you’re not working, then you’re not getting paid.

          (Sorry, but I did have to throw that in there as more than a few “Fight for 15” supporters found out the hard way that they weren’t worth $15/hour, so they’re now making $0/hour.)

        • granitegrok

          >> But we do have government involvement, that pesky government down in DC!

          Pesky it is. So WHY should government be the entity to set wages? Let the employer and prospective employee create their own contract for labor and wages between them. Why should DC be artificially taking away someone private property to do this?

          • roger

            Simple Unequal bargaining power.

        • sb

          Well we clearly don’t need the government to set wages.

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