Median weekly earnings increase 4.2 percent for full-time workers over the year

April 24, 2017

Weekly earnings of the nation's 110.7 million full-time wage and salary workers were $865 (not seasonally adjusted) in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 4.2 percent from a year earlier ($830).

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers, not seasonally adjusted, first quarter 2016 and first quarter 2017
Characteristic 1st quarter 2016 1st quarter 2017

Sex and age

   

Total, 16 years and over

$830 $865

Men, 16 years and over

912 950

16 to 24 years

511 558

25 years and over

963 998

Women, 16 years and over

750 765

16 to 24 years

488 489

25 years and over

779 803

Race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

   

White

857 894

Men

936 977

Women

767 790

Black or African American

673 679

Men

732 722

Women

625 645

Asian

1,032 1,019

Men

1,159 1,205

Women

933 892

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

612 649

Men

641 692

Women

574 596

From the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, median usual weekly earnings increased 4.2 percent for men who usually worked full time and 2.0 percent for women. In the first quarter of 2017, women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $765, or 80.5 percent of the $950 median for men. 

Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers were $894 for Whites in the first quarter of 2017, $679 for Blacks or African Americans, $1,019 for Asians, and $649 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: First Quarter 2017" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings increase 4.2 percent for full-time workers over the year on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/median-weekly-earnings-increase-4-point-2-percent-for-full-time-workers-over-the-year.htm (visited October 21, 2017).

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