Although production worker's wages are at the highest levels ever, as quoted in US Dollars, they have fallen in gold terms to the levels of the early 1980s. The same is true for Federal Minimum Wages. It's no wonder that households need multiple earners, and are still struggling to make their mortgage payments and keep food on the table!
US Production Wages, from 1965:
Data from bls.gov, Seasonally adjusted monthly values.