Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, April 13, 2018                    USDL-18-0546

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      	                 FIRST QUARTER 2018

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 113.4 million full-time wage and salary 
workers were $881 in the first quarter of 2018 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 1.8 percent higher than a year 
earlier, compared with a gain of 2.2 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 first-quarter data:

  --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $881 in the first quarter 
    of 2018. Women had median weekly earnings of $783, or 81.1 percent of the 
    $965 median for men. (See table 2.)

  --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women 
    earned 81.2 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black 
    women (92.8 percent), Asian women (78.5 percent), and Hispanic women (85.1 
    percent). (See table 2.)

  --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black 
    men working at full-time jobs were $723, or 72.5 percent of the median for 
    White men ($997). The difference was less among women, as Black women's median 
    earnings ($671) were 82.8 percent of those for White women ($810). Overall, 
    median earnings of Hispanics ($675) and Blacks ($696) were lower than those of 
    Whites ($911) and Asians ($1,066). (See table 2.)

  --By age, median weekly earnings were highest for men age 35 to 64: weekly 
    earnings were $1,098 for men age 35 to 44, $1,150 for men age 45 to 54, and 
    $1,113 for men age 55 to 64 in the first quarter of 2018. For women, those 
    ages 35 to 44 and 45 to 54 had the highest median weekly earnings, at $880 
    and $878, respectively. Men and women age 16 to 24 had the lowest median 
    weekly earnings, $563 and $545, 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--
    $1,454 for men and $1,054 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs 
    earned the least, $641 and $504, respectively. (See table 4.)

  --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high 
    school diploma had median weekly earnings of $563, compared with $713 for high 
    school graduates (no college) and $1,286 for those holding at least a bachelor's 
    degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees (master's or professional 
    degree and above), the highest earning 10 percent of male workers made $3,894 
    or more per week, compared with $2,875 or more for their female counterparts. 
    (See table 5.)

  --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $873 in the first quarter of 
    2018, up from the previous quarter ($854). (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 this   |
  | news release.) Seasonally adjusted constant (1982-84) dollar estimates back to    |
  | the first quarter of 2013 were subject to revision.                               |

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Last Modified Date: April 13, 2018