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'None of Our Paychecks Are Keeping Up:' 71% of Workers Say Inflation and the Cost of Living Are Outpacing Their Pay While prices are on the rise, wages are staying the same.

By Sam Silverman

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Pay is not keeping up with prices.

According to Bank of America's Workplace Benefits Report, 71% of workers said the cost of living is outpacing salary growth. The report was published in July and surveyed nearly 500 employees.

Further, 62% of employees reported being stressed about finances, while 80% stated they are worried about inflation. About half of the participants said they have taken action to cope with financial strain in the last six months.

These measures include pulling from savings accounts to make ends meet, working extra hours, and looking for higher-paying jobs. About 6% reported dipping into their 401(k).

Although people are being resourceful, rising rents have greatly impacted those whose salaries have remained stagnant. In August 2022, rent was up by $158 (11.8%) year-over-year, according to

However, things are beginning to look up after reported a $10 decrease in average rent in the top 50 metropolitan areas in September 2022.

"Affordability is still a very big challenge for renters," economist Jiayi Xu said, per "Inflation is still high, and renters are still feeling the stress of higher costs."'

Sam Silverman

Content Strategy Editor

Sam Silverman is a content strategy editor at Entrepreneur Media. She specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), and her work can be found in The US Sun, Nicki Swift, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style and Health. She writes for our news team with a focus on investigating scandals. Her coverage and expertise span from business news, entrepreneurship, technology, and true crime, to the latest in entertainment and TV news. Sam is a graduate of Lehigh University and currently resides in NYC. 

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