Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 19, 2016                  USDL-16-0794

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Median weekly earnings of the nation's 109.1 million full-time wage and salary 
workers were $830 in the first quarter of 2016 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 2.7 percent higher than a year 
earlier, compared with a gain of 1.1 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All 
Urban Consumers (CPI-U) over the same period.

Data on usual weekly earnings are collected as part of the Current Population Survey, 
a nationwide sample survey of households in which respondents are asked, among other 
things, how much each wage and salary worker usually earns. (See the Technical Note 
in this news release.) Data shown in this release are not seasonally adjusted unless 
otherwise specified. Highlights from the first-quarter data are:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $830 in the first quarter 
     of 2016. Women had median weekly earnings of $750, or 82.2 percent of the 
     $912 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women 
     earned 81.9 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black 
     women (85.4 percent), Asian women (80.5 percent), and Hispanic women 
     (89.5 percent). (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black 
     men working at full-time jobs were $732 per week, or 78.2 percent of the median 
     for White men ($936). The difference was less among women, as Black women's 
     median earnings ($625) were 81.5 percent of those for White women ($767). 
     Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($612) were lower 
     than those of Blacks ($673), Whites ($857), and Asians ($1,032). (See table 2.)

   --Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, median 
     weekly earnings were highest for those age 45 to 54 ($1,075) and 55 to 64 
     ($1,124). Usual weekly earnings were highest for women age 35 to 64: weekly 
     earnings were $822 for women age 35 to 44, $832 for women age 45 to 54, and 
     $839 for women age 55 to 64. Workers age 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly 
     earnings, at $502. (See table 3.)

   --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management, 
     professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly 
     earnings--$1,431 for men and $1,024 for women. Men and women employed in service 
     jobs earned the least, $609 and $483, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high 
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $494, compared with $679 for high 
     school graduates (no college) and $1,250 for those holding at least a bachelor's 
     degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees (professional or master's 
     degree and above), the highest earning 10 percent of male workers made $3,871 
     or more per week, compared with $2,409 or more for their female counterparts. 
     (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $823 in the first quarter of 
     2016, essentially unchanged from the previous quarter ($820). (See table 1.)

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  |           Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data              |
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  | Seasonally adjusted data for median usual weekly earnings in constant (1982-84)   |
  | dollars have been updated using revised seasonally adjusted data for the Consumer |
  | Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). (Data are shown in table 1 of this   |
  | release.) Seasonally adjusted constant (1982-84) dollar estimates back to the     |
  | first quarter of 2011 were subject to revision.                                   |

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2016