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Economic News Release
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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, April 15, 2020 	            USDL-20-0611

Technical information:  *
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                       FIRST QUARTER 2020

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 115.9 million full-time wage and
salary workers were $957 in the first quarter of 2020 (not seasonally
adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This
was 5.7 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of
2.1 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.

 |								       |
 |     Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on March 2020 Household	       |
 |                          Survey Data	  		               |
 |								       |
 | Current Population Survey (CPS) usual weekly earnings data for      |
 | the first quarter of 2020 reflect the impact on the labor market    |
 | in March 2020 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and efforts to contain  |
 | the illness. More information on labor market developments in March |
 | is available at						       |
 |    |

Highlights from the first-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $957 in the first
     quarter of 2020. Women had median weekly earnings of $857, or 80.4
     percent of the $1,066 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity.
     White women earned 79.7 percent as much as their male counterparts,
     compared with 90.2 percent for Black women, 81.3 percent for Asian
     women, and 88.9 percent for Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings
     of Blacks ($775) and Hispanics ($722) working full-time jobs were
     lower than those of Whites ($979) and Asians ($1,221). By sex,
     median weekly earnings for Black men were $823, or 75.1 percent
     of the median for White men ($1,096). Median earnings for Hispanic
     men were $763, or 69.6 percent of the median for White men. The
     difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings
     were $742, or 85.0 percent of those for White women ($873), and
     earnings for Hispanic women were $678, or 77.7 percent of those
     for White women. Earnings of Asian men ($1,360) and women ($1,106)
     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 $1,197 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,245 for men 
     ages 45 to 54, and $1,223 for men ages 55 to 64. Usual weekly
     earnings were also highest for women ages 35 to 64: median weekly
     earnings were $942 for women ages 35 to 44, $927 for women ages 
     45 to 54, and $922 for women ages 55 to 64. Men and women ages 16
     to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, $593 and $583,
     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--$1,556 for men and $1,138 for women. Men and
     women employed in service occupations earned the least, $666 and 
     $559, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without
     a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $609, compared
     with $768 for high school graduates (no college) and $1,385 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 $4,406 or more per
     week, compared with $2,909 or more for their female counterparts.
     (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings increased to $949 in
     the first quarter of 2020. (See table 1.)

 |									   |
 |      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 2015   |
 | were subject to revision.						   |

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Last Modified Date: April 15, 2020