Although Massachusetts media hourly wages are among the highest in the country ($19.81 per hour in 2011 and 23 percent higher than the US average), they have stagnated recently: data from the US Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey show that median household income in Massachusetts fell to $62,859 in 2011. This is a statistically significant decline of $1,108 or 1.7 percent from the 2010 level of $63,967 (adjusted to 2011 dollars) [source: Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center]. Many workers will be looking for wage increases in 2013. Coupled with the trend of a more transient workforce, this presents a challenge to employers. In addition, two New England states will see their minimum wage rates increase this year: Vermont’s minimum wage increased to $8.60 from $8.46 per hour and Rhode Island’s increased from $7.40 to $7.75 per hour. Massachusetts won’t see a minimum wage hike right now – the rate is currently $8 per hour – but state legislators debated increasing it to $10 last summer and may take up the issue again.