Median weekly earnings at $771, third quarter 2013

November 05, 2013

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 105.5 million full-time wage and salary workers were $771 in the third quarter of 2013 (not seasonally adjusted). This was 1.7 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.6 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) over the same period.

Quartiles of usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers,
Quartiles of usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers, by sex and educational attainment, third quarter 2013, not seasonally adjusted
CharacteristicUpper limit of the:
First quartileSecond quartile (median)Third quartile

Total, 16 years and over

$509$771$1,221

Men

5468471,361

Women

4816981,068

Total, 25 years and over

5518201,277

Less than a high school diploma

363479655

High school graduates, no college

477659933

Some college or associate degree

5317471,091

Bachelor’s degree only

7461,1011,646

Advanced degree

9471,3651,984

Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $698, or 82.4 percent of the $847 median for men. Half of women who were full-time workers had weekly earnings between $481 and $1,068, while half of men who worked full time earned between $546 and $1,361.

By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $479, compared with $659 for high school graduates (no college) and $1,101 for those holding a bachelor's degree only. College graduates with advanced degrees (professional or master's degree and above) had median weekly earnings of $1,365.

Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management, professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings—$1,338 for men and $962 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs earned the least, $562 and $447, respectively.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Third Quarter 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-2078. Twenty-five percent of all full-time wage and salary workers earn less than the upper limit of the first quartile; 50 percent earn less than the upper limit of the second quartile (or median); 75 percent earn less than the upper limit of the third quartile. 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Median weekly earnings at $771, third quarter 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131105.htm (visited April 24, 2014).

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