Women’s earnings 76 percent of median for men in 1998
January 27, 1999
The median weekly earnings of women working full-time during 1998 were $456, compared with $598 for men. The female-male earnings ratio of 76 percent was slightly higher than the 74 percent reported in 1997. In 1998, the female-male earnings ratio was higher among Hispanics (86 percent) and blacks (85 percent) than it was among whites.
Median weekly earnings for white men were $615, compared to $468 for white women. Median earnings for black men were $468 per week; black women’s were $400.
Median earnings for Hispanics were lower than those for blacks or for whites. Hispanic men had the second lowest average weekly earnings at $390, while Hispanic women had the lowest at $337.
These earnings data are produced by the Current Population Survey. More information can be found in news release USDL 99-15, "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers, Fourth Quarter 1998." The difference in earnings by gender and other demographic characteristics reflects a variety of influences, including variations in the distribution of workers by occupation, industry, firm size, and geographic region.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women’s earnings 76 percent of median for men in 1998 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/jan/wk4/art03.htm (visited July 01, 2015).
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