The average American worker is still making less than his or her high school or college student counterparts, but a new report shows that some workers have found ways to get ahead.
The report, by the National Employment Law Project, found that while some employers are still struggling to fill jobs and hire the best and brightest, others are better able to provide a better standard of living for their workers.
The group surveyed 2,000 employers nationwide to find out how they plan to create more jobs for American workers.
The median hourly wage for full-time workers was $32.60 in May, up 1.5% from last year.
The average hourly wage increased 2.4% for part-time employees and 5.3% for those who work part time.
The hourly earnings for full time workers have increased for more than three decades, the report found.
The highest gains occurred between 1981 and 2011.
Average hourly earnings have increased from $32,300 to $34,400.
However, the median hourly earnings were up just 1.3%.
The median hourly pay of those working full time has risen only 1.7% since 1981.
Average pay for those working part time has increased only 0.6% since the start of the Great Recession.
The number of full- and part- time jobs in the U.S. increased by almost 4% from April to May, according to the report.
In contrast, the number of part- and full-timers decreased by 0.9% during that time.
There was an increase in the number and quality of jobs offered, however, as companies hired more workers and companies started to offer more benefits.
The median pay for full or part time workers was up 6.3%, from $27,400 to $28,700.
The pay for part time was up 4.6%.
For workers in occupations that are part- or full- time, the average hourly earnings of those who were in those jobs increased by 4.3 percentage points from May 2015 to May 2017.
The pay for all workers in those occupations increased by 7.4 percentage points between May 2015 and May 2017, from $24,900 to $26,700 and for workers in non-supervisory positions, the wage increased by 8.6 percentage points, from nearly $20,400 for full to nearly $23,400, the study found.