This page contains information on the earnings of employed persons derived from the Current Population Survey (CPS). Data on employed and unemployed persons, hours of work, and other demographic and labor force characteristics also are available.
Data measure usual hourly and weekly earnings of wage and salary workers. All self-employed persons are excluded, regardless of whether their businesses are incorporated. Data represent earnings before taxes and other deductions and include any overtime pay, commissions, or tips usually received. The earnings data are collected from one-fourth of the CPS total sample of approximately 60,000 households. Data are published quarterly.
Earnings by demographics
Earnings data are available by demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. See also Earnings by education and Employment and unemployment by demographics.
- News release: Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage And Salary Workers (Quarterly)
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- Frequently asked questions about CPS earnings data
- Annual tables: Weekly earnings
- Table: Wives who earn more than their husbands (HTML) (XLSX)
Annual report: Highlights of Women's Earnings
(includes earnings for both sexes, men, and women by education, age, race, and Hispanic ethnicity)
- Women's earnings 83 percent of men's, but vary by occupation (January 2016)
- Women's earnings compared to men's earnings in 2014 (November 2015)
- Educational attainment and earnings of women (June 2014)
- Median weekly earnings by sex, marital status, and presence and age of own children under 18 in 2012 (December 2013)
- Women's earnings, 1979–2012 (November 2013)
- Women's earnings by occupation, 2011 (January 2013)
- Women's earnings, 1979–2011 (November 2012)
- Women's earnings as a percent of men's in 2010 (January 2012)
- Earnings and employment by occupation, race, ethnicity, and sex, 2010 (September 2011)
- Women's earnings, 1979–2010 (July 2011)
- Women at Work, Spotlight on Statistics (March 2011), includes CPS and other BLS survey data
- Women's earnings and employment by industry, 2009 (February 2011)
- Usual weekly earnings in second quarter 2010 by education (July 2010)
- Women's-to-men's earnings ratio by age, 2009 (July 2010)
- Women's earnings as a percentage of men's, by race and Hispanic ethnicity, 1979–2008 (October 2009)
- Women and men in management, professional, and related occupations, 2008 (August 2009)
- Women's-to-men's earnings ratio by age, 1979–2008 (July 2009)
- Women's earnings by occupation in 2007 (October 2008)
- Earnings of women and men by race and ethnicity, 2007 (October 2008)
- Women's earnings as a percentage of men's by age, 1979–2007 (October 2008)
- Women still underrepresented among highest earners (March 2006)
- How does gender play a role in the earnings gap? an update (March 2003) (PDF)
Earnings by education
Data measure usual hourly and weekly earnings of wage and salary workers 25 years and over by educational attainment. See also Employment and unemployment by educational attainment.
- News release: Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary workers (Quarterly)
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- Annual report: Highlights of Women's Earnings (includes earnings by education for both sexes, men, and women)
Data pertain only to workers who are paid hourly rates; salaried and other workers not paid by the hour are excluded. Hourly-paid workers make up approximately three-fifths of all wage and salary workers. See also Minimum wage workers.
Minimum wage workers
Statistics on hourly-paid workers with earnings at or below the prevailing Federal minimum wage.
Occupation and industry
Data measure usual hourly and weekly earnings of wage and salary workers by occupation and by industry. See also Employment by occupation and industry.
Median weekly earnings for union and non-union full-time wage and salary workers are published annually. Occupation and industry detail is available and, additionally, demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, and Hispanic ethnicity. See also Union members.
Annual report on persons who, during the year, spent 27 weeks or more in the labor force (working or looking for work), but whose incomes still fell below the official poverty level.
IMPORTANT BLS discovered errors in some estimates in the Profile of the Working Poor series of reports for 2012 and earlier years.
Learn more about the errors and access corrected data.
Last Modified Date: April 22, 2016