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Nevada Surpasses New York in Terms of Income Inequality

Nevada Surpasses New York in Terms of Income Inequality
Concern over growing inequality in U.S. society is, once again, becoming an important public issue, raising questions about the future of blue-collar workers in a world witnessing increasing levels of job automation, and the fate of the ever-shrinking middle-class. 

A new study by COMMERCIALCafé analyzed income inequality across different occupations, statewide and at metro level, using the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The research found that in terms of wage disparity, places like New York or San Francisco are not the main contributors to overall inequality.

Top 50 Largest Wage Disparities by Largest Metro Areas
Top 50 Largest Wage Disparities by Largest Metro Areas

Nevada is the 31st most unequal state in terms of income with a 93% disparity rate, only slightly less unequal than New York. Anesthesiologists are top-earners, making 1,394% more than gaming dealers, who earn roughly $18,000 a year.

If we zoom in at metro level, Las VegasHendersonParadise showcases the same disparity rate, with physicians and surgeons earning $241,830 per year and gaming dealers taking home $17,920 (no tips included), making it less unequal than Reno or Salt Lake City.

Read the full study here.