Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, October 20, 2015                  USDL-15-2043

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(NOTE: The Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers news releases for the
first, second, and third quarters of 2015 were reissued on Tuesday, November 10,
2015, to correct errors in table 1 of the release. An incorrect price index was
used to compute seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings in constant dollars for
total, men, and women, affecting data for first quarter 2010 through the third
quarter 2015. These estimates have been recalculated using the correct price
index. No other series in the usual weekly earnings news release were affected
by the error.)


Median weekly earnings of the nation's 110.4 million full-time wage and salary 
workers were $803 in the third quarter of 2015 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 1.6 percent higher than a 
year earlier, compared with a gain of 0.1 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.) Data shown in this release are not seasonally adjusted unless 
otherwise specified. Highlights from the third-quarter data are:

  --Median weekly earnings were $803 in the third quarter of 2015. Women who 
    usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $721, or 81.1 percent 
    of the $889 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 93.3 
    percent for black women, 72.2 percent for Asian women, and 91.0 percent for 
    Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

  --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for black 
    men working at full-time jobs were $652 per week, or 70.9 percent of the 
    median for white men ($919). The difference was less among women, as black 
    women's median earnings ($608) were 82.2 percent of those for white women 
    ($740). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($602) 
    were lower than those of blacks ($624), whites ($829), and Asians ($974). 
    (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 $1,077. Usual weekly 
    earnings were highest for women age 35 to 64: weekly earnings were $788 for 
    women age 35 to 44, $794 for women age 45 to 54, and $789 for women age 55 
    to 64. Workers age 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, at $491. 
    (See table 3.)

  --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management, 
    professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--
    $1,381 for men and $1,000 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs 
    had much lower earnings, $571 and $465, respectively. (See table 4.)

  --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high 
    school diploma had median weekly earnings of $492, compared with $672 for 
    high school graduates (no college) and $1,234 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 $3,480 or more per week, compared with $2,413 or more for their female 
    counterparts. (See table 5.)

  --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $809 in the third quarter of 
    2015, little changed from the previous quarter ($803). (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 2015   |
  | 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 2011 will be subject to revision.                            |

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