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.
|Characteristic||Upper limit of the:|
|First quartile||Second quartile (median)||Third quartile|
Total, 16 years and over
Total, 25 years and over
Less than a high school diploma
High school graduates, no college
Some college or associate degree
Bachelor’s degree only
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings at $771, third quarter 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131105.htm (visited July 05, 2015).
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