7 Industries With Plummeting Salaries

industries with plummeting incomes
industries with plummeting incomes

Middle class wages, over all, have been pretty stagnant for over a decade. But not everyone's wages have stagnated. In fact, some people have seen their salaries rise at a rosy clip, while many others have actually become poorer.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has tracked average full-time income by industry since 1998, with the latest numbers from 2011. While the average income across industries (which includes employer-provided benefits) has increased by $5,700 in that period, workers in certain occupations have seen their pocketbooks shrink. Here are the seven industries that have seen their real incomes plummet the most (all dollar amounts are in 2011 dollars):