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Economic News Release
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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Friday, April 16, 2021 			USDL-21-0655

Technical information:  *
Media contact:	        (202) 691-5902  *

                               FIRST QUARTER 2021

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 112.1 million full-time wage and salary
workers were $989 in the first quarter of 2021 (not seasonally adjusted), the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 3.3 percent higher
than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.9 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 $989 in the first quarter of
   2021. Women had median weekly earnings of $900, 82.6 percent of the $1,089
   median for men. (See table 2.) 

 --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women
   earned 81.6 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 92.1
   percent for Black women, 80.5 percent for Asian women, and 88.3 percent for 
   Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

 --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Blacks
   ($799) and Hispanics ($750) working full-time jobs were lower than those of
   Whites ($1,006) and Asians ($1,286). By sex, median weekly earnings for Black
   men were $834, or 74.6 percent of the median for White men ($1,118). Median
   earnings for Hispanic men were $788, or 70.5 percent of the median for White
   men. The difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings
   were $768, or 84.2 percent of those for White women ($912), and earnings for
   Hispanic women were $696, or 76.3 percent of those for White women. Earnings
   for Asian men ($1,408) and women ($1,134) were higher than those of their
   White counterparts. (See table 2.)

 --By age, median weekly earnings were highest for men ages 45 to 54 ($1,334).
   Usual weekly earnings were highest for women ages 35 to 64: median weekly
   earnings were $999 for women ages 35 to 44, $1,002 for women ages 45 to 54,
   and $964 for women ages 55 to 64. Men and women ages 16 to 24 had the lowest 
   median weekly earnings, $634 and $593, respectively. Men's and women's
   earnings were closer among younger workers than older workers; for example,
   women ages 16 to 24 earned 93.5 percent as much as men in the same age group,
   while the women's-to-men's earnings ratio was 79.9 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--
   $1,615 for men and $1,179 for women. Men and women employed in service 
   occupations earned the least, $741 and $582, respectively. (See table 4.) 

 --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
   school diploma had median weekly earnings of $613, compared with $792 for high
   school graduates (no college) and $1,426 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
   $4,355 or more per week, compared with $2,907 or more for their female 
   counterparts. (See table 5.) 

 --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $984 in the first quarter of
   2021, essentially unchanged from the previous quarter. (See table 1.)

|										  |
|                    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on                    |
|                           Usual Weekly Earnings Data				  |
|										  |
| Usual weekly earnings data for the first quarter of 2021 continue to reflect	  |
| the impact on the labor market of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and 	  |
| efforts to contain it. More information on labor market developments in 	  |
| recent months is available at 						  |
|		  |
| employment-situation-news-release.htm. 					  |

|										  |
|           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 2016 were subject to revision.		  |

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Last Modified Date: April 16, 2021