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Median usual weekly earnings $808 in first quarter 2015

April 27, 2015

Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 107.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $808 in the first quarter of 2015. Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $730, or 81.6 percent of the $895 median for men.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, not seasonally adjusted, first quarter 2015
Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity Total Men Women

Total

$808 $895 $730

White

835 918 746

Black or African American

650 694 614

Asian

966 1090 869

Hispanic or Latino

590 612 547

Median weekly earnings for Black or African American men working at full-time jobs were $694 per week, or 75.6 percent of the median for White men ($918). The difference was smaller among women, as Black women’s median earnings ($614) were 82.3 percent of those for White women ($746). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics or Latinos who worked full time ($590) were lower than those of Blacks ($650), Whites ($835), and Asians ($966).

The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.3 percent as much as their male counterparts. The ratios were 88.5 percent for Blacks or African Americans, 79.7 percent for Asians, and 89.4 percent for Hispanics or Latinos.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: First Quarter 2015” (HTML) (PDF). People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median usual weekly earnings $808 in first quarter 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/median-usual-weekly-earnings-in-first-quarter-2015.htm (visited August 09, 2020).

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