New figures have shown that the average annual pay in Accrington is one of the lowest in the North West.
The average wage for the North West is £29,900 but workers in Hyndburn earn on average £25,000 per year, over £12,000 less than the highest earning local authority area in Trafford.
But Hyndburn was ranked above neighbouring local authorities of Burnley and Blackburn with Darwen, with residents earning an average of £1,000 more annually.
The numbers, compiled for the Manpower group 2015 pay league, are based on the annual survey of Hours and Earnings from the Office of National Statistics.
Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson said: “The main commitment of the Labour council was to bring in the living wage and we’ve done that.
“Through the austerity we’ve had to shrink middle and higher level management to protect the front line services. The pay spines depend on which area you live in, and very area looks at them differently.”
Conservative councillor Peter Britcliffe said he was pleased to see that Hyndburn could compete with Blackburn and Darwen in terms of pay, and said Hyndburn suffered in comparison with the likes of Rossendale due to its location.
He said: “I’m pleased to see that we came in above Blackburn and Burnley. We have the potential as a town to be able to compete with the likes of Manchester. Rossendale is seen as a location for commuting to Manchester, as a local authority, we really need to work to bring better paid jobs into the borough. We need to attract better and more skilled jobs into the area.
“I have been told by Northern Rail that the direct link between Manchester and Accrington will be open in May, that’s a step in the right direction.”