Median weekly earnings, 2004–2014

October 28, 2014

Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 106.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $797 (seasonally adjusted) in the third quarter of 2014. Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $722, or 82 percent of the $880 median for men. After adjusting for inflation in consumer prices, women's earnings have changed little over the past decade and men's earnings have declined slightly.

Inflation-adjusted median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers, by gender, seasonally adjusted, third quarter 2004 to third quarter 2014
Quarter Current dollars Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (third quarter 2014 = 100) Constant (2014) dollars
Total Men Women Total Men Women

2004 Q3

$635 $712 $574 79.681 $797 $894 $720

2004 Q4

646 720 577 80.536 802 894 716

2005 Q1

647 723 580 80.943 799 893 717

2005 Q2

647 714 584 81.490 794 876 717

2005 Q3

651 723 588 82.724 787 874 711

2005 Q4

658 730 588 83.496 788 874 704

2006 Q1

662 737 594 83.931 789 878 708

2006 Q2

663 732 597 84.688 783 864 705

2006 Q3

678 755 603 85.487 793 883 705

2006 Q4

681 748 607 85.137 800 879 713

2007 Q1

687 752 610 85.971 799 875 710

2007 Q2

693 765 610 86.945 797 880 702

2007 Q3

698 774 621 87.496 798 885 710

2007 Q4

700 774 615 88.569 790 874 694

2008 Q1

713 783 633 89.528 796 875 707

2008 Q2

722 802 636 90.693 796 884 701

2008 Q3

724 802 637 92.091 786 871 692

2008 Q4

727 806 647 89.982 808 896 719

2009 Q1

732 815 645 89.363 819 912 722

2009 Q2

737 818 652 89.838 820 911 726

2009 Q3

742 820 664 90.611 819 905 733

2009 Q4

747 823 666 91.321 818 901 729

2010 Q1

748 836 662 91.452 818 914 724

2010 Q2

743 813 670 91.443 813 889 733

2010 Q3

745 822 670 91.725 812 896 730

2010 Q4

750 826 676 92.431 811 894 731

2011 Q1

750 821 679 93.391 803 879 727

2011 Q2

754 828 687 94.529 798 876 727

2011 Q3

758 837 682 95.148 797 880 717

2011 Q4

761 838 686 95.515 797 877 718

2012 Q1

765 841 693 96.012 797 876 722

2012 Q2

772 867 686 96.342 801 900 712

2012 Q3

764 838 693 96.753 790 866 716

2012 Q4

772 868 690 97.331 793 892 709

2013 Q1

770 860 700 97.619 789 881 717

2013 Q2

776 862 705 97.717 794 882 721

2013 Q3

778 859 706 98.241 792 874 719

2013 Q4

782 862 712 98.519 794 875 723

2014 Q1

791 867 716 98.986 799 876 723

2014 Q2

782 859 715 99.728 784 861 717

2014 Q3

797 880 722 100.000 797 880 722

Expressed in constant third quarter 2014 dollars, the overall median of $797 for full-time wage and salary workers in the third quarter of 2014 was the same as in the third quarter of 2004. Among women who worked full time, inflation-adjusted median weekly earnings were $722 in the third quarter of 2014, compared with $720 a decade earlier. For men who worked full time, inflation-adjusted median weekly earnings were $880 in the third quarter of 2014, compared with $894 in the third quarter of 2004.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see “Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Third Quarter 2014” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1966. The CPI-U from the Consumer Price Index program is used to convert all dollar values into third-quarter 2014 dollars.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings, 2004–2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141028.htm (visited December 14, 2017).

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