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Median weekly earnings were $796 for women, $973 for men, in third quarter 2018

October 19, 2018

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 117.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $887 in the third quarter of 2018. Women had median weekly earnings of $796, or 81.8 percent of the $973 median for men. Full-time workers in management, business, and financial operations occupations had the highest median weekly earnings—$1,530 for men and $1,146 for women.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by occupation and sex, third quarter 2018
Occupation Total Men Women

Total

$887 $973 $796

Management, business, and financial operations

1,348 1,530 1,146

Professional and related

1,184 1,412 1,044

Installation, maintenance, and repair

900 903 843

Sales and related

828 960 692

Construction and extraction

811 813 723

Office and administrative support

726 758 714

Production

705 768 554

Transportation and material moving

695 741 525

Farming, fishing, and forestry

578 595 482

Service

573 642 514

Men and women employed in service jobs earned the least, $642 and $514, respectively.

The ratio of women’s earnings to men’s was highest in office and administrative support occupations (94.2 percent).

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Third Quarter 2018." Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or main job. The median is the midpoint in the earnings distribution; half of workers earn more than the median and half earn less.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings were $796 for women, $973 for men, in third quarter 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/median-weekly-earnings-were-796-for-women-973-for-men-in-third-quarter-2018.htm (visited August 11, 2020).

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