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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, January 17, 2020					USDL-20-0049

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Median weekly earnings of the nation's 118.3 million full-time wage and salary workers were
$936 in the fourth quarter of 2019 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics reported today. This was 4.0 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with
a gain of 2.0 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 in this news
release.) Data shown in this release are not seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.

Highlights from the fourth-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $936 in the fourth quarter of 2019.
     Women had median weekly earnings of $843, or 82.5 percent of the $1,022 median for men.
     (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned
     81.2 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 94.9 percent for Black 
     women, 75.5 percent for Asian women, and 85.9 percent for Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median earnings of Blacks ($756) and 
     Hispanics ($712) working at full-time jobs were lower than those of Whites ($967) and 
     Asians ($1,166). By sex, median weekly earnings for Black men were $778, or 73.5 percent
     of the median for White men ($1,058). Median earnings for Hispanic men were $761, or 
     71.9 percent of the median for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black
     women's median earnings ($738) were 85.9 percent of those for White women ($859), and 
     earnings for Hispanic women were $654, or 76.1 percent of those for White women. Earnings of 
     Asian men ($1,335) and women ($1,008) were higher than those of their White counterparts.
     (See table 2.)

   --By age, median weekly earnings were highest for men ages 35 to 64: weekly earnings were
     $1,162 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,174 for men ages 45 to 54, and $1,188 for men ages 55 to
     64 in the fourth quarter of 2019. For women, usual weekly earnings also were highest for 
     those ages 35 to 64: weekly earnings were $923 for women ages 35 to 44, $909 for women 
     ages 45 to 54, and $922 for women ages 55 to 64. Men and women ages 16 to 24 had the 
     lowest median weekly earnings, $621 and $566, respectively. (See table 3.)

   --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management, 
     professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--$1,517 for
     men and $1,165 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs earned the least, $671 
     and $546, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school 
     diploma had median weekly earnings of $596, compared with $747 for high school graduates
     (no college) and $1,382 for those holding at least a bachelor's degree. Among college 
     graduates with advance degrees (professional or master's degree and above), the highest
     earning 10 percent of male workers made $3,900 or more per week, compared with $2,896 or
     more for their female counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $933 in the fourth quarter of 2019, 
     little changed from the previous quarter ($924). (See table 1.)

Annual Averages for 2018 and 2019

In addition to the data for the fourth quarter, this news release includes 2018 and 2019
annual averages on median weekly earnings for major demographic and occupational groups, and
2019 annual average data for educational attainment groups. (See tables 7, 8, and 9.) Annual
average data on median usual weekly earnings for men and women by detailed occupational
categories will be posted online at when they become

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  |             Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data                 |
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  |Seasonally adjusted median usual weekly earnings data shown in table 1 of this news	   |
  |release have been revised using updated seasonal adjustment factors from the Current	   |
  |Population Survey, a procedure done at the end of each calendar year. The revisions	   |
  |directly affected the number of full-time wage and salary workers and current dollar	   |
  |estimates of median weekly earnings; estimates of constant (1982-84) dollar median	   |
  |weekly earnings were indirectly affected. Seasonally adjusted estimates back to the     |
  |first quarter of 2015 were subject to revision.                                         | 
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  |The Usual Weekly Earnings news release for the first quarter of 2020, scheduled for     |
  |release on April 15, 2020, will incorporate revisions to the seasonally adjusted data   |
  |for the median weekly earnings in constant (1982-84) dollars. Seasonally adjusted       |
  |constant (1982-84) dollar estimates back to the first quarter of 2015 will be subject   |
  |to revision due to annual revisions to seasonally adjusted data for the Consumer Price  |
  |Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).                                                  |

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Last Modified Date: January 17, 2020