Median weekly earnings of Asians were $1,010 during third quarter 2016

October 24, 2016

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers were $827 in the third quarter of 2016. Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings were lower for Hispanics ($632) and Blacks ($685) than they were for Whites ($854) and Asians ($1,010).

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, sex, and age, 3rd quarter 2016, not seasonally adjusted
Characteristic Median usual weekly earnings (in $)

Total, all races and ethnicities

$827

Women, 16 to 24 years

480

Women, 25 to 54 years

782

Women, 55 years and over

793

Men, 16 to 24 years

510

Men, 25 to 54 years

943

Men, 55 years and over

1,095

Hispanic or Latino

632

Women, 16 to 24 years

476

Women, 25 to 54 years

611

Women, 55 years and over

696

Men, 16 to 24 years

496

Men, 25 to 54 years

697

Men, 55 years and over

716

Black or African American

685

Women, 16 to 24 years

400

Women, 25 to 54 years

686

Women, 55 years and over

666

Men, 16 to 24 years

448

Men, 25 to 54 years

751

Men, 55 years and over

844

White

854

Women, 16 to 24 years

489

Women, 25 to 54 years

799

Women, 55 years and over

820

Men, 16 to 24 years

517

Men, 25 to 54 years

964

Men, 55 years and over

1,134

Asian

1,010

Women, 16 to 24 years

554

Women, 25 to 54 years

976

Women, 55 years and over

714

Men, 16 to 24 years

591

Men, 25 to 54 years

1,241

Men, 55 years and over

1,101

Median weekly earnings of full-time workers also varied by age and sex. Among women (of any race or ethnicity), median weekly earnings were $480 for women age 16 to 24 years, compared with median weekly earnings of $782 for those age 25 to 54 and $793 for those 55 and over.

Among men, those age 16 to 24 had median weekly earnings of $510, while men 55 and over had median weekly earnings of $1,095—more than twice those of their younger counterparts.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. The median wage for any group divides that group into two halves such that everyone in one half earns less, and everyone in the other half earns more, than the median wage. 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: Third Quarter 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings of Asians were $1,010 during third quarter 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/median-weekly-earnings-of-asians-were-1010-during-3rd-quarter-2016.htm (visited June 23, 2017).

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