Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, October 16, 2018                       USDL-18-1661

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                                        THIRD QUARTER 2018

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 117.2 million full-time wage and salary workers
were $887 in the third quarter of 2018 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. This was 3.3 percent higher than a year earlier,
compared with a gain of 2.6 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 news release are not seasonally adjusted
unless otherwise specified.

Highlights from the third-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $887 in the third quarter
     of 2018. Women had median weekly earnings of $796, or 81.8 percent of the
     $973 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White
     women earned 82.2 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared
     with Black women (86.9 percent), Asian women (77.1 percent), and Hispanic
     women (86.0 percent). (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings of Blacks
     ($686) and Hispanics ($689) working at full-time jobs were lower than those
     of Whites ($915) and Asians ($1,128). By sex, median weekly earnings for
     Black men were $726, or 72.3 percent of the median for White men ($1,004).
     Median earnings for Hispanic men were $722, or 71.9 percent of the median
     for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black women's median
     earnings were $631, or 76.5 percent of those for White women ($825), and
     earnings for Hispanic women were $621, or 75.3 percent of those for White
     women. Asian men and women earned more than their White counterparts.
     (See table 2.) 

   --By age, median weekly earnings were highest for men ages 35 to 64: weekly
     earnings were $1,110 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,152 for men ages 45 to 54, and
     $1,116 for men ages 55 to 64. Usual weekly earnings were highest for women
     ages 35 to 54: median weekly earnings were $882 for women ages 35 to 44
     and $892 for women ages 45 to 54. Men and women ages 16 to 24 had the
     lowest median weekly earnings, $575 and $515, 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--
     $1,460 for men and $1,084 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $642 and $514, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $556, compared with $736 for
     high school graduates (no college) and $1,338 for those holding at least a
     bachelor's degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees (master's,
     professional, and doctoral degrees), the highest earning 10 percent of male
     workers made $3,922 or more per week, compared with $2,789 or more for their
     female counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $893 in the third quarter
     of 2018, up from the previous quarter ($879). (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 2018 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 2014   |
  |will be subject to revision.                                              |

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Last Modified Date: October 16, 2018