The average worker in the West Midlands feels nearly £2,000 worse off than five years ago, according to new data.
The latest official pay survey says the average worker living in the region made £20,264 last year.
At first glance this was a healthy £860 more than the 2010 figure.
But calculations by the Post show that, to keep pace with inflation, West Midlands employees would have had to have earned £22,223 last year just to be as well-off as they were five years ago.
The £20,264 figure for last year was nearly £2,000 shy of this total, meaning that in real terms workers were still poorer in the region than they were in 2010.
Employees across the West Midlands would have felt worse-off on average last year than five years ago.
Like most of the country, none of the seven districts which make up the West Midlands county have made it back to the 2010 levels of wages in real terms.
Birmingham was £2,190 off its 2010 benchmark.
Average salaries in the city were £20,678 in 2014 - a total of £2,190 off where it would have needed to be to stay on track with inflation.
Local authority area; 2010 median pay, adjusted for inflation; 2014 median pay; Difference
Wolverhampton; £20,099; £19,673; -£426
Dudley; £21,335; £20,102; -£1,233
Coventry; £22,620; £20,849; -£1,771
West Midlands; £22,223; £20,264; -£1,959
Sandwell; £20,838; £18,829; -£2,009
Birmingham; £22,868; £20,678; -£2,190
Solihull; £27,502; £24,890; -£2,612
Walsall; £21,171; £18,020; -£3,151
United Kingdom; £24,293; £22,044; -£2,249