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Economic News Release
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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Friday, July 16, 2021 			USDL-21-1319

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                               SECOND QUARTER 2021

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 113.6 million full-time wage and salary
workers were $990 in the second quarter of 2021 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 1.2 percent lower than a year
earlier, compared with a gain of 4.8 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 second-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $990 in the second quarter of
     2021. Women had median weekly earnings of $899, or 82.2 percent of the $1,094
     median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women
     earned 82.6 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 85.1 
     percent for Black women, 70.4 percent for Asian women, and 86.5 percent for 
     Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings of Blacks 
     ($799) and Hispanics ($779) working at full-time jobs were lower than those 
     of Whites ($1,012) and Asians ($1,281). By sex, median weekly earnings for 
     Black men were $877, or 78.7 percent of the median for White men ($1,115). 
     Median earnings for Hispanic men were $825, or 74.0 percent of the median for
     White men. The difference was less among women, as Black women's median 
     earnings were $746, or 81.0 percent of those for White women ($921), and 
     earnings for Hispanic women were $714, or 77.5 percent of those for White 
     women. Earnings of Asian men ($1,473) and women ($1,037) 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 $1,242 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,279 for men ages 45 to 54, and
     $1,246 for men ages 55 to 64. Usual weekly earnings were also highest for 
     women ages 35 to 64: median weekly earnings were $968 for women ages 35 to 44,
     $985 for women ages 45 to 54, and $973 for women ages 55 to 64. Men and women
     ages 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, $643 and $596, 
     respectively. Men's and women's earnings were closer among younger workers than
     older workers; for example, women ages 16 to 24 earned 92.7 percent as much as
     men in the same age group, while the women's-to-men's earnings ratio was 76.9
     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--
     $1,586 for men and $1,195 for women. Men and women employed in service 
     occupations earned the least, $713 and $586, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high 
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $620, compared with $793 for high
     school graduates (no college) and $1,438 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 $4,508 or more per week, compared with $2,919 or more for their 
     female counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $990 in the second quarter of 
     2021, little changed from the previous quarter. (See table 1.)

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|         Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on Usual Weekly Earnings Data          |
|											|
| Usual weekly earnings data for the second quarter of 2021 continue to reflect the 	|
| impact on the labor market of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Changes in weekly  |
| earnings should be interpreted with caution due to pandemic-related employment 	|
| changes. The recent rebound in employment among lower-paid workers has put downward 	|
| pressure on median weekly earnings. More information on labor market developments in	|
| recent months is available at	|
| response-on-the-employment-situation-news-release.htm.				|

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Last Modified Date: July 16, 2021