Real average hourly earnings up 1.4 percent for the year ending March 2016

April 19, 2016

In March 2016, real average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent from a month earlier and 1.4 percent over the year. Before adjusting for inflation, average hourly earnings increased 0.3 percent over the month and 2.3 percent over the year to $25.43 per hour.

Indexes of average hourly earnings and real earnings of nonfarm employees on private payrolls, seasonally adjusted, March 2006–March 2016
Month Index of average hourly earnings Index of real hourly earnings

Mar 2006

100.0 100.0

Apr 2006

100.5 100.0

May 2006

100.4 99.6

Jun 2006

100.9 99.8

Jul 2006

101.3 99.6

Aug 2006

101.4 99.3

Sep 2006

101.8 100.2

Oct 2006

102.0 100.8

Nov 2006

102.3 101.1

Dec 2006

102.7 100.9

Jan 2007

102.8 100.9

Feb 2007

103.2 100.9

Mar 2007

103.4 100.6

Apr 2007

103.7 100.5

May 2007

104.0 100.4

Jun 2007

104.6 100.7

Jul 2007

104.6 100.6

Aug 2007

104.8 100.7

Sep 2007

105.0 100.5

Oct 2007

105.1 100.3

Nov 2007

105.4 99.8

Dec 2007

105.7 99.8

Jan 2008

105.8 99.5

Feb 2008

106.1 99.6

Mar 2008

106.6 99.7

Apr 2008

106.7 99.5

May 2008

107.2 99.4

Jun 2008

107.4 98.6

Jul 2008

107.8 98.2

Aug 2008

108.3 98.8

Sep 2008

108.4 98.9

Oct 2008

108.6 99.9

Nov 2008

109.1 102.2

Dec 2008

109.5 103.4

Jan 2009

109.6 103.2

Feb 2009

109.8 103.0

Mar 2009

110.1 103.4

Apr 2009

110.3 103.5

May 2009

110.3 103.4

Jun 2009

110.5 102.7

Jul 2009

110.7 102.9

Aug 2009

110.9 102.8

Sep 2009

111.1 102.7

Oct 2009

111.3 102.6

Nov 2009

111.5 102.4

Dec 2009

111.6 102.5

Jan 2010

111.9 102.7

Feb 2010

112.1 103.0

Mar 2010

112.1 102.9

Apr 2010

112.3 103.1

May 2010

112.4 103.3

Jun 2010

112.4 103.3

Jul 2010

112.7 103.4

Aug 2010

112.9 103.4

Sep 2010

113.1 103.5

Oct 2010

113.5 103.4

Nov 2010

113.5 103.2

Dec 2010

113.6 102.8

Jan 2011

114.0 102.9

Feb 2011

114.1 102.7

Mar 2011

114.1 102.1

Apr 2011

114.4 101.9

May 2011

114.7 101.9

Jun 2011

114.8 102.0

Jul 2011

115.3 102.1

Aug 2011

115.1 101.6

Sep 2011

115.3 101.6

Oct 2011

115.8 102.0

Nov 2011

115.7 101.7

Dec 2011

115.9 101.8

Jan 2012

116.0 101.6

Feb 2012

116.2 101.5

Mar 2012

116.6 101.7

Apr 2012

116.7 101.6

May 2012

116.8 101.9

Jun 2012

117.1 102.3

Jul 2012

117.4 102.5

Aug 2012

117.2 101.8

Sep 2012

117.7 101.7

Oct 2012

117.6 101.3

Nov 2012

118.0 101.8

Dec 2012

118.4 102.2

Jan 2013

118.5 102.1

Feb 2013

118.7 101.7

Mar 2013

118.8 102.1

Apr 2013

119.1 102.6

May 2013

119.2 102.6

Jun 2013

119.7 102.8

Jul 2013

119.7 102.6

Aug 2013

119.9 102.6

Sep 2013

120.1 102.6

Oct 2013

120.3 102.7

Nov 2013

120.6 102.8

Dec 2013

120.8 102.6

Jan 2014

120.9 102.5

Feb 2014

121.4 102.9

Mar 2014

121.4 102.7

Apr 2014

121.5 102.5

May 2014

121.8 102.6

Jun 2014

122.1 102.8

Jul 2014

122.2 102.8

Aug 2014

122.5 103.1

Sep 2014

122.6 103.0

Oct 2014

122.7 103.0

Nov 2014

123.2 103.6

Dec 2014

122.8 103.7

Jan 2015

123.6 105.0

Feb 2015

123.8 104.9

Mar 2015

124.1 105.0

Apr 2015

124.3 105.1

May 2015

124.6 105.0

Jun 2015

124.6 104.7

Jul 2015

124.9 104.9

Aug 2015

125.3 105.3

Sep 2015

125.4 105.5

Oct 2015

125.8 105.5

Nov 2015

126.1 105.6

Dec 2015

126.0 105.7

Jan 2016

126.6 106.2

Feb 2016

126.5 (p) 106.3 (p)

Mar 2016

126.9 (p) 106.5 (p)
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in March and 0.9 percent over the year. Average hourly earnings increased 26.9 percent over the 10-year period ended March 2016. The gains in average hourly earnings were partially offset by a 19.1-percent increase in the CPI-U. Real average hourly earnings increased 6.5 percent over the past 10 years.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Real Earnings — March 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Data from the Consumer Price Index are used as deflators to adjust earnings for inflation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings up 1.4 percent for the year ending March 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/real-average-hourly-earnings-up-1-4-percent-for-the-year-ending-march-2016.htm (visited September 24, 2018).