Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 18, 2017                         USDL-17-0442

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                                    FIRST QUARTER 2017

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 110.7 million full-time wage and salary workers
were $865 in the first quarter of 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. This was 4.2 percent higher than a year earlier,
compared with again of 2.5 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers
(CPI-U) over the same period.

Data on usual weekly earnings are collected as part of the Current Population Survey,
a nationwide sample survey of households in which respondents are asked, among other
things, how much each wage and salary worker usually earns. (See the Technical Note in
this news release.) Data shown in this release are not seasonally adjusted unless
otherwise specified.

Highlights from the first-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $865 in the first quarter of
     2017. Women had median weekly earnings of $765, or 80.5 percent of the $950
     median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women
     earned 80.9 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black
     women (89.3 percent), Asian women (74.0 percent), and Hispanic women (86.1
     percent). (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black
     men working at full-time jobs were $722, or 73.9 percent of the median for
     White men ($977). The difference was less among women, as Black women's
     median earnings ($645) were 81.6 percent of those for White women ($790).
     Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($649) were
     lower than those of Blacks ($679), Whites ($894), and Asians ($1,019).
     (See table 2.)

   --Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, median
     weekly earnings were highest for those age 45 to 54 ($1,141). Usual weekly
     earnings were highest for women age 35 to 64: weekly earnings were $846 for
     women age 35 to 44, $863 for women age 45 to 54, and $836 for women age 55
     to 64. Men and women age 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings,
     $558 and $489, respectively. (See table 3.)
   --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management,
     professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings-
     $1,436 for men and $1,044 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $624 and $497, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $512, compared with $702 for
     high school graduates (no college) and $1,280 for those holding at least a
     bachelor's degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees (professional
     or master's degree and above), the highest earning 10 percent of male workers
     made $3,871 or more per week, compared with $2,653 or more for their female
     counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings edged up to $855 in the first
     quarter of 2017. (See table 1.)

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  |        Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data          |
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  |Seasonally adjusted data for median usual weekly earnings in constant       |
  |(1982-84) dollars have been updated using revised seasonally adjusted data  |
  |for the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). (Data are     |
  |shown in table 1 of the release.) Seasonally adjusted constant (1982-84)    |
  |dollar estimates back to the first quarter of 2012 were subject to revision.|

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Last Modified Date: April 18, 2017