Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, October 18, 2017                   USDL-17-1402

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                                    THIRD QUARTER 2017

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 114.9 million full-time wage and salary
workers were $859 in the third quarter of 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 3.9 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 third-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $859 in the third quarter
     of 2017. Women had median weekly earnings of $767, or 81.9 percent of the
     $937 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women 
     earned 82.0 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black women
     (88.4 percent), Asian women (78.6 percent), and Hispanic women (85.5 percent).
     (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black
     men working at full-time jobs were $744, or 77.1 percent of the median for
     White men ($965). The difference was less among women, as Black women's
     median earnings ($658) were 83.2 percent of those for White women ($791).
     Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($655) were lower
     than those of Blacks ($696), Whites ($887), and Asians ($1,010). (See table 2.)

   --By age, median weekly earnings were highest for men age 55 to 64, at $1,133.
     For women, usual weekly earnings were highest for those age 35 to 64: weekly
     earnings were $857 for women age 35 to 44, $845 for women age 45 to 54, and
     $873 for women age 55 to 64. Men and women age 16 to 24 had the lowest median
     weekly earnings, $527 and $500, 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--
     $1,411 for men and $1,058 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $610 and $501, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $522, compared with $714 for
     high school graduates (no college) and $1,271 for those holding at least a
     bachelor's degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees (professional
     or master's degree and above), the highest earning 10 percent of male workers
     made $3,499 or more per week, compared with $2,765 or more for their female
     counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $868 in the third quarter of
     2017, little changed from the previous quarter ($863). (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 2017 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 2013   |
   |will be subject to revision.                                              |

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Last Modified Date: October 18, 2017