The plumbing, plumbing tools and plumbing equipment industries, which employ more than 1.3 million people nationwide, are on the rise.
While the majority of workers in the industry have seen a boost in their incomes over the last few years, a small number have been hit hard by the cost of living and other changes.
According to a new study from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the average worker in the plumbing, supply chain, and related industries in the United States earned an average of $46,000 in 2016, up from $36,000 a year earlier.
The number of people earning $100,000 or more also increased from 735,000 to 765,000.
The study, which polled 1,500 workers, found that more than one in five of those workers said they were struggling financially due to the cost.
“The rise in the price of everything from gas to groceries to clothes has been especially steep,” the report stated.
“The biggest drivers of the increase in the costs of living were the cost increases in health care, housing, and education,” the survey said.
“Many of the cost hikes have been related to the Affordable Care Act and its implementation.”
PwC’s research found that the average salary for workers in these industries rose by 1.5% over the past year, to $58,600.
That’s up $2,200 from the year before.
The average worker earned $47,000 more, to an average $54,100, in 2016.
The report also found that a large majority of those surveyed said they would rather spend less on their homes and family expenses than their salary.
“People who are earning more now have lower savings than they did in past years, and they are also taking on more debt,” the study stated.
“People are taking on additional debt because of their higher salaries.”
In addition, the report noted that there has been a decline in the number of homes that have been purchased in recent years.
The report noted, however, that the rise in house prices is not as significant as it was a decade ago.
PwG reported that in 2016 it reported a 1.7% rise in home sales, up 3.7%, and that the number had fallen in 2017.
“It is not a surprise that home sales have slowed, especially for buyers in states with the highest mortgage rates and rising home prices,” the organization stated.
The decline in sales also coincided with the construction of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, that is slated to open in 2019.
This year’s survey of 1,000 workers found that an estimated 690,000 Americans have been affected by the opioid crisis.
In addition, nearly 1 million Americans are facing a job loss or unemployment, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
It is unclear what impact the increase of opioid prescriptions could have on the economy.
But economists and health experts say the spike in prescription painkillers is likely having a negative impact on the housing market.
“The trend of rising prescription drug prices will continue to be a problem for the housing industry, especially if the cost and availability of opioids continue to rise,” a Pricewater-Goff survey said in February.