Median weekly earnings at $786, fourth quarter 2013

February 04, 2014

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 104.8 million full-time wage and salary workers were $786 in the fourth quarter of 2013 (not seasonally adjusted). Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $713, or 82.0 percent of the $869 median for men.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, not seasonally adjusted, fourth quarter 2013
Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicityTotalMenWomen

Total

$786$869$713

White

813896728

Black or African American

632646621

Asian

9161,019792

Hispanic or Latino

576594531

 

Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black men working at full-time jobs were $646 per week, or 72.1 percent of the median for White men ($896). The difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings ($621) were 85.3 percent of those for White women ($728). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($576) were lower than those of Blacks ($632), Whites ($813), and Asians ($916).

The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.3 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black (96.1 percent), Asian (77.7 percent), and Hispanic women (89.4 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Fourth Quarter 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑0094. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings at $786, fourth quarter 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140204.htm (visited November 28, 2014).

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