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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, October 16, 2019 		  USDL-19-1818

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Median weekly earnings of the nation's 118.4 million full-time wage and salary 
workers were $919 in the third quarter of 2019 (not seasonally adjusted), the 
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 3.6 percent higher than 
a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.8 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 news release are not 
seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.

Highlights from the third-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $919 in the third quarter 
     of 2019. Women had median weekly earnings of $825, or 82.3 percent of the 
     $1,002 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White
     women earned 82.2 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared 
     with 88.9 percent for Black women, 83.7 percent for Asian women, and 87.3 
     percent for Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings of Blacks 
     ($727) and Hispanics ($718) working at full-time jobs were lower than those 
     of Whites ($943) and Asians ($1,247). By sex, median weekly earnings for
     Black men were $768, or 74.9 percent of the median for White men ($1,025). 
     Median earnings for Hispanic men were $757, or 73.9 percent of the median
     for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black women's median 
     earnings were $683, or 81.0 percent of those for White women ($843), and 
     earnings for Hispanic women were $661, or 78.4 percent of those for White 
     women. Earnings of Asian men ($1,360) and women ($1,138) 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 $1,143 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,184 for men ages 45 to 54, 
     and $1,153 for men ages 55 to 64. Usual weekly earnings were highest for 
     women ages 35 to 54: median weekly earnings were $925 for women ages 35 to 
     44, and $926 for women ages 45 to 54. Men and women ages 16 to 24 had the 
     lowest median weekly earnings, $601 and $538, 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--$1,533 for men and $1,143 for women. Men and women 
     employed in service jobs earned the least, $658 and $552, respectively. 
     (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a 
     high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $606, compared with $749 
     for high school graduates (no college) and $1,383 for those holding at 
     least a bachelor's degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees 
     (master's, professional, and doctoral degrees), the highest earning 10 
     percent of male workers made $3,922 or more per week, compared with 
     $2,892 or more for their female counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings edged up to $923 in the third 
     quarter of 2019. (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 2019,    |
  |scheduled for release in January 2020, 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 2015 will be subject revision.     |

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Last Modified Date: October 16, 2019