Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, April 17, 2014           USDL-14-0605

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Median weekly earnings of the nation's 104.3 million full-time wage and salary 
workers were $796 in the first quarter of 2014 (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 1.4 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.) Data shown in this release are not seasonally 
adjusted unless otherwise specified. Highlights from the first-quarter data 

   Median weekly earnings were $796 in the first quarter of 2014. Women
    who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $722, or
    82.8 percent of the $872 median for men. (See table 2.) 

   The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White 
    women earned 82.4 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared 
    with black women (85.6 percent), Asian women (83.8 percent), and Hispanic 
    women (92.6 percent). (See table 2.) 

   Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for 
    black men working at full-time jobs were $708 per week, or 78.8 percent of 
    the median for white men ($898). The difference was less among women, as 
    black women's median earnings ($606) were 81.9 percent of those for white 
    women ($740). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time 
    ($593) were lower than those of blacks ($646), whites ($819), and Asians 
    ($955). (See table 2.) 

   Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, those 
    age 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 had the highest median weekly earnings, $1,021 
    and $992, respectively. Usual weekly earnings were highest for women age 35 
    to 64: weekly earnings were $787 for women age 35 to 44 and for women age 
    45 to 54, and $776 for women age 55 to 64. Workers age 16 to 24 had the 
    lowest median weekly earnings, at $465. (See table 3.) 

   Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in 
    management, professional, and related occupations had the highest median 
    weekly earnings--$1,347 for men and $975 for women. Men and women employed
    in service jobs earned the least, $581 and $459, respectively. (See table 4.) 

   By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high 
    school diploma had median weekly earnings of $480, compared with $660 for 
    high school graduates (no college) and $1,199 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 $3,834 or more per week, compared with $2,390 or more 
    for their female counterparts. (See table 5.) 

   Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $791 in the first quarter 
    of 2014, little changed from the previous quarter ($782). (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 2009 were subject to revision. |

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Last Modified Date: April 17, 2014