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Median weekly earnings $767 for women, $937 for men, in third quarter 2017

October 23, 2017

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 114.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $859 in the third quarter of 2017. Women had median weekly earnings of $767, or 81.9 percent of the $937 median for men.



Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers age 16 and older by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, third quarter 2017, not seasonally adjusted
Characteristic Total Men Women


$859 $937 $767


887 965 791

Black or African American

696 744 658


1,010 1,147 902

Hispanic or Latino

655 698 597

Median weekly earnings for Black men working at full-time jobs were $744, or 77.1 percent of the median for White men ($965). The difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings ($658) were 83.2 percent of those for White women ($791). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics or Latinos who worked full time ($655) were lower than those of Blacks ($696), Whites ($887), and Asians ($1,010).

The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 82.0 percent as much as white men. The ratio was 88.4 percent for Blacks, 78.6 percent for Asians, and 85.5 percent for Hispanics or Latinos.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers, Third Quarter 2017" (HTML) (PDF). People of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings $767 for women, $937 for men, in third quarter 2017 at (visited May 19, 2024).

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