July 22, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Women's earnings, 1979-2010

Women's earnings as percent of men's, median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers, in current dollars, by age, 1979–2010 annual averages
Year Age
16-19 years 20-24 years 25-34 years 35-44 years 45-54 years 55-64 years 65 years and older

1979

85.2 76.3 67.5 58.3 56.8 60.6 77.6

1980

89.5 78.1 69.4 58.3 56.9 59.4 76.4

1981

91.7 80.6 70.3 59.9 56.8 58.9 71.1

1982

92.9 82.4 72.1 61.1 60.1 61.4 70.3

1983

94.0 85.5 73.3 61.5 59.5 61.8 68.8

1984

93.1 85.2 74.6 62.0 59.4 61.5 66.8

1985

90.7 85.7 75.1 63.0 59.7 61.0 65.9

1986

91.4 87.5 76.1 63.9 60.9 61.2 71.5

1987

87.8 88.0 76.7 66.1 62.3 62.2 68.7

1988

89.8 90.0 77.7 68.5 61.7 62.3 70.9

1989

94.3 89.7 78.3 68.3 62.7 63.9 74.3

1990

90.8 90.3 79.3 69.6 63.8 63.7 74.4

1991

93.6 93.3 81.0 70.7 65.0 64.5 68.3

1992

94.0 94.3 82.0 71.9 65.8 64.9 77.9

1993

92.8 95.4 83.0 73.0 67.4 67.4 74.3

1994

92.5 94.5 82.9 72.6 67.1 66.0 76.2

1995

88.1 92.4 82.2 72.6 67.7 64.7 80.0

1996

88.8 92.8 83.2 73.3 68.9 65.3 70.0

1997

91.6 90.5 82.9 74.0 69.4 64.7 77.0

1998

88.6 89.4 82.9 73.6 70.5 68.1 72.6

1999

91.4 90.5 81.5 71.7 70.0 67.9 78.7

2000

92.5 92.7 82.4 71.6 73.2 69.1 75.1

2001

90.3 91.9 83.0 72.5 73.5 70.5 69.0

2002

94.6 93.9 84.5 75.2 74.6 71.6 73.8

2003

93.1 93.9 86.9 76.1 73.0 72.7 71.1

2004

92.1 93.8 87.8 75.6 72.9 73.0 74.6

2005

92.1 93.8 89.0 75.5 75.5 74.7 76.4

2006

87.6 94.9 88.2 77.2 73.5 72.9 77.5

2007

89.1 90.3 86.9 76.5 74.5 72.8 77.8

2008

87.3 92.5 88.5 74.5 74.9 75.4 74.8

2009

90.7 92.9 88.7 77.4 73.6 75.3 76.1

2010

94.6 93.8 90.8 79.9 76.5 75.2 75.7

These data are featured in the TED article, Women's earnings, 1979-2010.

 

Percent change of constant-dollar median usual weekly earnings, by educational attainment and sex, 1979–2010
Educational attainment Percent change
Men Women

Less than a high school diploma

-31.2 -8.9

High school graduate, no college

-17.7 4.8

Some college or associate's degree

-8.4 8.0

Bachelor's degree and higher

19.9 33.4

These data are featured in the TED article, Women's earnings, 1979-2010.