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Economic News Release
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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Friday, April 15, 2022 			        USDL-22-0624

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                                   FIRST QUARTER 2022

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 117.5 million full-time wage and salary workers
were $1,037 in the first quarter of 2022 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. This was 4.9 percent higher than a year earlier,
compared with a gain of 8.0 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 news release are not seasonally adjusted unless
otherwise specified. 

Highlights from the first-quarter data: 

 --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $1,037 in the first quarter of 2022.
   Women had median weekly earnings of $939, or 83.2 percent of the $1,128 median for men.
   (See table 2.) 

 --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned
   83.1 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 93.2 percent for Black
   women, 85.2 percent for Asian women, and 84.5 percent for Hispanic women. (See table 2.) 

 --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings of Blacks ($840) and
   Hispanics ($799) working full-time jobs were lower than those of Whites ($1,064) and
   Asians ($1,362). By sex, median weekly earnings for Black men were $870, or 75.8 percent
   of the median for White men ($1,148). Median earnings for Hispanic men were $866, or
   75.4 percent of the median for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black
   women's median earnings were $811, or 85.0 percent of those for White women ($954),
   and earnings for Hispanic women were $732, or 76.7 percent of those for White women.
   Earnings of Asian men ($1,452) and women ($1,237) were higher than those of their White
   counterparts. (See table 2.) 

 --By age, usual weekly earnings were highest for men age 35 and over: median weekly
   earnings were $1,257 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,274 for men ages 45 to 54, $1,246 for
   men ages 55 to 64, and $1,281 for men 65 years and over. Among women, usual weekly
   earnings were highest for workers ages 35 to 64: weekly earnings were $1,037 for women
   ages 35 to 44, $1,063 for women ages 45 to 54, and $997 for women ages 55 to 64. Men
   and women ages 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, $694 and $628,
   respectively. Men's and women's earnings were closer among younger workers than older
   workers; for example, women ages 16 to 24 earned 90.5 percent as much as men in the
   same age group, while the women's-to-men's earnings ratio was 77.3 percent for those
   age 55 and over. (See table 3.) 

 --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management,
   professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--$1,657
   for men and $1,268 for women. Men and women employed in service occupations earned
   the least, $742 and $613, respectively. (See table 4.) 

 --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school
   diploma had median weekly earnings of $670, compared with $827 for high school
   graduates (no college) and $1,525 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 $4,820 or more per 
   week, compared with $3,099 or more for their female counterparts. (See table 5.) 

 --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings increased to $1,030 in the first quarter
   of 2022. (See table 1.)

 |											 |
 |              Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data               |
 |											 |
 | Seasonally adjusted data for median usual weekly earnings in constant (1982-84)	 |
 | dollars have been updated using revised seasonally adjusted data for the Consumer	 |
 | Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). (Data are shown in table 1 of this	 |
 | news release.) Seasonally adjusted constant (1982-84) dollar estimates back to the	 |
 | first quarter of 2017 were subject to revision.					 |

Last Modified Date: April 15, 2022