Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, January 17, 2018                   USDL-18-0079

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                                   FOURTH QUARTER 2017

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 114.2 million full-time wage and salary workers
were $857 in the fourth quarter of 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. This was 0.9 percent higher than a year earlier,
compared with a gain of 2.1 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 fourth-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $857 in the fourth quarter
     of 2017. Women had median weekly earnings of $769, or 81.3 percent of the
     $946 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women
     earned 80.5 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black
     women (96.0 percent), Asian women (72.3 percent), and Hispanic women (88.4
     percent). (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black
     men working at full-time jobs were $681, or 69.3 percent of the median for
     White men ($982). The difference was less among women, as Black women's
     median earnings ($654) were 82.7 percent of those for White women ($791).
     Overall, median earnings of Hispanics ($657) and Blacks ($666) were lower
     than those of Whites ($891) and Asians ($1,061). (See table 2.)

   --Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, those
     ages 55 to 64 and 45 to 54 had the highest median weekly earnings, at $1,130
     and $1,117, respectively. For women, usual weekly earnings were highest for
     those age 35 to 64: weekly earnings were $855 for women age 35 to 44, $866
     for women age 45 to 54, and $835 for women age 55 to 64. Workers age 16 to
     24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, at $549. (See table 3.)

   --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management,
     professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--
     $1,475 for men and $1,052 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $602 and $499, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $531, compared with $714 for
     high school graduates (no college) and $1,278 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 $3,707 or more per week, compared with $2,719 or more for their female
     counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $854 in the fourth quarter
     of 2017, down from the previous quarter ($866). (See table 1.)

Annual Averages for 2016 and 2017

In addition to the data for the fourth quarter, this news release includes 2016
and 2017 annual averages on median weekly earnings for major demographic and
occupational groups, and 2017 annual average data for educational attainment
groups. (See tables 7, 8, and 9.) 

Annual average data on median usual weekly earnings for men and women by detailed
occupational categories will be posted online at when they become available.

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 |            Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data            |
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 |Seasonally adjusted median usual weekly earnings data shown in table 1 of this    |
 |news release have been revised using updated seasonal adjustment factors from     |
 |the Current Population Survey, a procedure done at the end of each calendar       |
 |year. The revisions directly affected the number of full-time wage and salary     |
 |workers and current dollar estimates of median weekly earnings; estimates of      |
 |constant (1982-84) dollar median weekly earnings were indirectly affected.        |
 |Seasonally adjusted estimates back to the first quarter of 2013 were subject      |
 |to revision.                                                                      |
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 |The Usual Weekly Earnings news release for the first quarter of 2018, scheduled   |
 |for release on April 13, 2018, will incorporate revisions to the seasonally       |
 |adjusted data for the median weekly earnings in constant (1982-84) dollars.       |
 |Seasonally adjusted constant (1982-84) dollar estimates back to the first quarter |
 |of 2013 will be subject to revision due to annual revisions to seasonally adjusted|
 |data for the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).                |

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Last Modified Date: January 17, 2018