October 19, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Median weekly earnings by age, sex, race, and ethnicity, third quarter 2012

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by age, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, not seasonally adjusted, 3rd quarter 2012
Characteristic Men Women



16 to 24 years

$459 $414

25 to 34 years

720 648

35 to 44 years

944 740

45 to 54 years

976 754

55 to 64 years

980 766

65 years and over

824 673

Race and ethnicity, 16 years and over



854 712

Black or African American

633 590


1,043 762

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

586 513

These data are featured in the TED article, Median weekly earnings by age, sex, race, and ethnicity, third quarter 2012.




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