Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, July 19, 2017                       USDL-17-1011

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                    USUAL WEEKLY EARNINGS OF WAGE AND SALARY WORKERS
                                     SECOND QUARTER 2017


Median weekly earnings of the nation's 113.4 million full-time wage and salary workers
were $859 in the second quarter of 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. This was 4.2 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 release are not seasonally adjusted unless 
otherwise specified.

Highlights from the second-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $859 in the second quarter
     of 2017. Women had median weekly earnings of $780, or 83.5 percent of the
     $934 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women
     earned 84.1 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black
     women (96.3 percent), Asian women (74.2 percent), and Hispanic women (89.2
     percent). (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black
     men working at full-time jobs were $702, or 73.0 percent of the median for
     White men ($961). The difference was less among women, as Black women's
     median earnings ($676) were 83.7 percent of those for White women ($808).
     Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($657) were lower
     than Blacks ($689), Whites ($886), and Asians ($1,103). (See table 2.)

   --By age, median weekly earnings were highest for men age 35 to 64: weekly
     earnings for men age 35 to 44 were $1,065, $1,094 for men age 45 to 54, and
     $1,058 for men age 55 to 64 in the second quarter of 2017. For women, usual
     weekly earnings were also highest for those age 35 to 64: weekly earnings
     were $877 for women age 35 to 44, $851 for women age 45 to 54, and $869 for
     women age 55 to 64.  Men and women age 16 to 24 had the lowest median
     weekly earnings, $524 and $496, 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—-
     $1,442 for men and $1,055 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $598 and $508, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $515, compared with $718 for
     high school graduates (no college) and $1,290 for those holding at least a
     bachelor's degree. Among college graduates with advance degrees (professional
     or master's degree and above), the highest earning 10 percent of male workers
     made $3,784 or more per week, compared with $2,610 or more for their female
     counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $863 in the second quarter
     of 2017, little changed from the previous quarter ($855). (See table 1.)



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