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Economic News Release
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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Tuesday, July 19, 2022 			         USDL-22-1518

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		                 SECOND QUARTER 2022              

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 118.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were
$1,041 in the second quarter of 2022 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics reported today. This was 5.2 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with
a gain of 8.6 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 

Highlights from the second-quarter data: 

 --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $1,041 in the second quarter of 2022.
   Women had median weekly earnings of $943, or 82.4 percent of the $1,144 median for men.
   (See table 2.) 

 --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 
   82.3 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 88.1 percent for Black
   women, 79.0 percent for Asian women, and 85.7 percent for Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

 --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings of Blacks ($885) and
   Hispanics ($812) working full-time jobs were lower than those of Whites ($1,068) and
   Asians ($1,336). By sex, median weekly earnings for Black men were $953, or 82.1 percent
   of the median for White men ($1,161). Median earnings for Hispanic men were $877, or 
   75.5 percent of the median for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black
   women's median earnings were $840, or 87.9 percent of those for White women ($956), and
   earnings for Hispanic women were $752, or 78.7 percent of those for White women. 
   Earnings of Asian men ($1,496) and women ($1,182) were higher than those of their White
   counterparts. (See table 2.) 

 --By age, usual weekly earnings were highest for men ages 35 to 64: median weekly earnings
   were $1,332 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,316 for men ages 45 to 54, and $1,266 for men ages
   55 to 64. Among women, usual weekly earnings were highest for workers ages 35 to 54:
   median weekly earnings were $1,047 for women ages 35 to 44 and $1,051 for women ages 45
   to 54. Men and women ages 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, $707 and $656,
   respectively. Men's and women's earnings were closer among younger workers than older
   workers; for example, women ages 16 to 24 earned 92.8 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--$1,743 for
   men and $1,265 for women. Men and women employed in service occupations earned the least,
   $773 and $656, respectively. (See table 4.) 

 --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school 
   diploma had median weekly earnings of $689, compared with $838 for high school graduates
   (no college) and $1,547 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 $4,527 or more per week, compared with 
   $3,039 or more for their female counterparts. (See table 5.) 

 --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $1,045 in the second quarter of 2022,
   little changed from the previous quarter. (See table 1.)

Last Modified Date: July 19, 2022