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Table 5. Quartiles and selected deciles of usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by selected characteristics, not seasonally adjusted

Characteristic Number of workers
(in thousands)
Upper limit of:
First decile First quartile Second quartile (median) Third quartile Ninth decile
SEX, RACE, AND HISPANIC OR LATINO ETHNICITY

Total, 16 years and over

Men

Women

White(1)

Men

Women

Black or African American(1)

Men

Women

Asian(1)

Men

Women

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

Men

Women

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

Total, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

High school graduates, no college(2)

Some college or associate degree

Bachelor's degree and higher(3)

Bachelor's degree only

Advanced degree

Men, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

High school graduates, no college(2)

Some college or associate degree

Bachelor's degree and higher(3)

Bachelor's degree only

Advanced degree

Women, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

High school graduates, no college(2)

Some college or associate degree

Bachelor's degree and higher(3)

Bachelor's degree only

Advanced degree

Footnotes:
(1) Beginning in 2003, persons who selected this race group only; persons who selected more than one race group are excluded. For more information, see Concepts and Definitions online at www.bls.gov/cps/documentation.htm#concepts.
(2) Includes persons with a high school diploma or equivalent.
(3) Includes persons with bachelor's, master's, professional, and doctoral degrees.

NOTE: Ten percent of all full-time wage and salary workers earn less than the upper limit of the first decile; 25 percent 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; and 90 percent earn less than the upper limit of the ninth decile. Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

 

Last Modified Date: September 16, 2015