Median weekly earnings increase 2.9 percent for full-time workers

July 21, 2016

Weekly earnings of the nation's 111.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $824 (not seasonally adjusted) in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 2.9 percent from a year earlier ($801).

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers, not seasonally adjusted, second quarter 2015 and second quarter 2016
Characteristic 2nd quarter 2015 2nd quarter 2016

Sex and age

 

Total, 16 years and over

$801 $824

Men, 16 years and over

$886 $909

16 to 24 years

$497 $505

25 years and over

$942 $967

Women, 16 years and over

$726 $744

16 to 24 years

$444 $470

25 years and over

$759 $777

Race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

 

White

$829 $854

Men

$914 $941

Women

$742 $759

Black or African American

$647 $677

Men

$696 $704

Women

$615 $646

Asian

$965 $1,021

Men

$1,085 $1,147

Women

$836 $907

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

$601 $618

Men

$619 $652

Women

$572 $581

From the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, median usual weekly earnings increased 2.6 percent for men who usually worked full time and 2.5 percent for women. In the second quarter of 2016, women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $744, or 81.8 percent of the $909 median for men. 

Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers were $854 for Whites in the second quarter of 2016, $677 for Blacks or African Americans, $1,021 for Asians, and $618 for workers of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. People whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. To learn more, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Second Quarter 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings increase 2.9 percent for full-time workers on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/median-weekly-earnings-increase-2-point-9-percent-for-full-time-workers.htm (visited December 18, 2017).

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