Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, October 20, 2016                    USDL-16-2025

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                                   THIRD QUARTER 2016

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 112.8 million full-time wage and salary workers
were $827 in the third quarter of 2016 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. This was 3.0 percent higher than a year earlier,
compared with a gain of 1.1 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 third-quarter data are:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $827 in the third quarter of
     2016. Women had median weekly earnings of $745, or 81.8 percent of the $911
     median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women
     earned 81.5 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black
     women (87.3 percent), Asian women (75.0 percent), and Hispanic women (88.9
     percent). (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black
     men  working at full-time jobs were $732, or 78.5 percent of the median for
     White men ($932). The difference was less among women, as Black women's
     median earnings ($639) were 84.1 percent of those for White women ($760).
     Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($632) were
     lower than those of Blacks ($685), Whites ($854), and Asians ($1,010).
     (See table 2.)

   --Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, those
     age 55 to 64 had the highest median weekly earnings, at $1,117. For women,
     usual weekly earnings were highest for those ages 45 to 54 ($842) and 35
     to 44 ($827). Workers age 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings,
     at $497. (See table 3.)

   --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management,
     professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--
     $1,408 for men and $1,024 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $592 and $485, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $504, compared with $700 for
     high school graduates (no college) and $1,266 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 $3,722 or more per week, compared with $2,416 or more for their female
     counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $834 in the third quarter
     of 2016, little changed from the previous quarter ($828). (See table 1.)

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   |        Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data        |
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   |The Usual Weekly Earnings news release for the fourth quarter of 2016 will|
   |incorporate annual revisions to seasonally adjusted data for the number of|
   |full-time wage and salary workers and median weekly earnings in current   |
   |dollars. (See table 1.) Estimates for constant (1982-84) dollar median    |
   |weekly earnings also will be affected by revisions to the current dollar  |
   |series. Seasonally adjusted estimates back to the first quarter of 2012   |
   |will be subject to revision.                                              |

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Last Modified Date: October 20, 2016