# What are Percentile Wages?

A percentile wage shows the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more.

The following table provides an example of an occupation's percentile wages:

 Percentile Hourly Wage Annual Wage 10% 25% 50% Median 75% 90% \$11.00 \$15.00 \$20.00 \$24.00 \$29.00 \$22,880 \$31,200 \$41,600 \$49,920 \$60,320

The hourly wage estimates in this example indicate that:

• 10% of employees earn less than \$11.00 per hour; therefore the remaining 90% earn more than \$11.00 per hour.
• 25% earn less than \$15.00; 75% earn more than \$15.00.
• 50% earn less than \$20.00; 50% earn more than \$20.00 (The 50th percentile is called the Median).
• 75% earn less than \$24.00; 25% earn more than \$24.00.
• 90% earn less than \$29.00; 10% earn more than \$29.00.

The annual wage estimates in this example indicate that:

• 10% of employees earn less than \$22,880 per year; therefore the remaining 90% earn more than \$22,880 per year.
• 25% earn less than \$31,200; 75% earn more than \$31,200.
• 50% earn less than \$41,600; 50% earn more than \$41,600 (The 50th percentile is called the Median).
• 75% earn less than \$49,920; 25% earn more than \$49,920.
• 90% earn less than \$60,320; 10% earn more than \$60,320.