Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 16, 2019                       USDL-19-0665

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     		   		FIRST QUARTER 2019

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 116.1 million full-time wage and salary 
workers were $905 in the first quarter of 2019 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 2.7 percent higher than a year 
earlier, compared with a gain of 1.6 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 $905 in the first quarter 
    of 2019. Women had median weekly earnings of $806, or 80.3 percent of the 
    $1,004 median for men. (See table 2.)

  --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women 
    earned 80.0 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 91.8 
    percent for Black women, 78.3 percent for Asian women, and 86.7 percent for 
    Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

  --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Blacks 
    ($737) and Hispanics ($696) working at full-time jobs were lower than those of 
    Whites ($935) and Asians ($1,157). By sex, median weekly earnings for Black men 
    were $772, or 74.7 percent of the median for White men ($1,033). Median earnings 
    for Hispanic men were $728, or 70.5 percent of the median for White men. The
    difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings were $709, 
    or 85.8 percent of those for White women ($826), and earnings for Hispanic
    women were $631, or 76.4 percent of those for White women. Earnings of Asian
    men ($1,299) and women ($1,017) 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 $1,155 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,170 for men ages 45 to 54, and 
    $1,174 for men ages 55 to 64. Usual weekly earnings were also highest for women
    ages 35 to 64: median weekly earnings, were $923 for women ages 35 to 44, $876 
    for women ages 45 to 54, and $886 for women ages 55 to 64. Men and women ages 
    16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, $605 and $539, 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--
    $1,559 for men and $1,100 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs 
    earned the least, $672 and $517, respectively. (See table 4.)

  --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high 
    school diploma had median weekly earnings of $578, compared with $739 for high 
    school graduates (no college) and $1,350 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 $4,350 
    or more per week, compared with $2,882 or more for their female counterparts. 
    (See table 5.)

  --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $898 in the first quarter of 
    2019, essentially unchanged from the previous quarter ($897). (See table 1.)

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  |             Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data            |
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  | 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 2014 were subject to revision.                               |

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2019