Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings up 0.9 percent from 4th quarter 2016 to 4th quarter 2017

January 24, 2018

Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers were $854 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Median earnings for the fourth quarter of 2017 were 0.9 percent higher than the $846 of a year earlier, compared with an increase of 2.1 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Median weekly earnings in the fourth quarter of 2017 were down from the previous quarter's $866.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by sex, seasonally adjusted
  Current dollars Constant (adjusted for inflation)
1982-84 dollars
Quarter   Total     Men     Women   Total Men Women

Q4 2008

$727 $806 $647 $340 $377 $302

Q1 2009

732 815 645 345 384 304

Q2 2009

737 818 652 345 383 305

Q3 2009

742 820 664 345 381 309

Q4 2009

747 823 666 344 379 307

Q1 2010

748 836 662 344 384 304

Q2 2010

742 814 671 342 374 309

Q3 2010

746 821 670 342 377 308

Q4 2010

750 826 676 341 376 308

Q1 2011

750 821 679 338 370 306

Q2 2011

754 830 687 336 370 306

Q3 2011

760 836 681 336 370 301

Q4 2011

760 838 686 335 369 302

Q1 2012

764 841 693 335 368 303

Q2 2012

772 870 687 337 380 300

Q3 2012

766 836 693 333 364 302

Q4 2012

771 868 690 333 375 298

Q1 2013

768 860 699 331 370 301

Q2 2013

777 863 706 335 372 304

Q3 2013

779 855 705 334 367 302

Q4 2013

782 865 712 334 369 304

Q1 2014

790 865 716 335 367 304

Q2 2014

781 860 714 330 363 302

Q3 2014

798 879 722 336 370 304

Q4 2014

795 878 724 336 371 306

Q1 2015

801 886 724 340 376 307

Q2 2015

803 889 725 339 375 306

Q3 2015

811 897 728 341 377 306

Q4 2014

822 904 730 345 380 307

Q1 2016

823 904 744 346 380 312

Q2 2016

827 912 743 345 381 310

Q3 2016

834 918 751 347 382 312

Q4 2016

846 925 759 349 382 313

Q1 2017

857 940 759 351 385 311

Q2 2017

862 937 779 353 384 319

Q3 2017

866 944 773 353 385 315

Q4 2017

854 944 771 345 382 312

Note: The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is used to convert current dollars to constant (1982-84) dollars.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, women who were full-time wage or salary workers had median weekly earnings of $771, which was 82 percent of the $944 median for men.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Fourth Quarter 2017" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings up 0.9 percent from 4th quarter 2016 to 4th quarter 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/median-weekly-earnings-up-0-point-9-percent-from-4th-quarter-2016-to-4th-quarter-2017.htm (visited October 16, 2018).

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