The Economic Policy Institute finds that since the onset of Great Recession in 2007, the bottom 70% of workers have seen their paychecks' purchasing power decrease. Zoom out to look at the period from 2000 to 2012, and the bottom 60% have seen their inflation-adjusted wages stay flat or sink. The wage growth that's happening is happening at the top.
Governing breaks down the wage data by state and finds that over the last five years, South Dakota's been looking relatively good on wage growth. Since 2007, South Dakota's mean weekly wages, adjusted for CPI, have grown 4.2%. Only Oklahoma and Bakken-crazed North Dakota did better.
But expand the view and look at median wages instead of mean (always check the median alongside the mean), and you see South Dakota's just treading water like everyone else:
South Dakota's wages sank for most of Governor Mike Rounds's reign, bouncing back only in 2009. As of 2012, the man in the middle makes a penny less an hour than he did when Bill Janklow last ran the state. (Someone could make a really good campaign ad out of that chart... with a little Obama stick figure yodeling up that 2009 hill waving stimulus cash.)
Now one could argue that if wages go up at the same rate as inflation, we're breaking even and shouldn't complain. But we should complain if we're working harder to break even. EPI notes that from 2000 to 2012, worker productivity increased 25%. Most of us are running faster to stand still.