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Women's and men's earnings by age in 2016

August 25, 2017

In 2016, median weekly earnings were $749 for women age 16 and older who were full-time wage and salary workers. For men 16 and older, median weekly earnings were $915.

Median usual weekly earnings of women and men who are full-time wage and salary workers, by age, 2016 annual averages
Age Women Men

Total, 16 years and older

$749 $915

16 to 24

486 512

25 to 34

705 794

35 to 44

839 1,007

45 to 54

836 1,075

55 to 64

812 1,102

65 and older

749 992

Young women and men ages 16 to 24 had the lowest earnings ($486 and $512, respectively).

Women's median weekly earnings were highest for those between the ages of 35 and 54, with 35- to 44-year-olds ($839) and 45- to 54-year-olds ($836) earning about the same. For men, earnings were highest for 45- to 54-year-olds ($1,075) and 55- to 64-year-olds ($1,102).

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see the BLS Report, Highlights of women's earnings in 2016.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women's and men's earnings by age in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/womens-and-mens-earnings-by-age-in-2016.htm (visited July 13, 2020).

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