Real average hourly earnings increased 0.8 percent from January 2017 to January 2018

February 20, 2018

From January 2017 to January 2018, real average hourly earnings increased 0.8 percent, seasonally adjusted. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in a 0.4-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over the 12-month period.

12-month percent change in average weekly hours and real hourly and weekly earnings, private sector employees, seasonally adjusted, January 2013–January 2018
       Month       All employees, real average hourly earnings All employees, weekly hours All employees, real average weekly earnings Production and nonsupervisory employees, real average hourly earnings Production and nonsupervisory employees, weekly hours Production and nonsupervisory employees, real average weekly earnings

Jan 2013

0.4% -0.3% 0.1% 0.3% -0.6% -0.3%

Feb 2013

0.1 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.3

Mar 2013

0.4 0.3 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.8

Apr 2013

0.9 -0.3 0.6 0.8 0.0 0.8

May 2013

0.7 0.3 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.9

Jun 2013

0.4 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.3

Jul 2013

0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1 -0.3 -0.2

Aug 2013

0.7 0.3 1.0 0.7 0.0 0.7

Sep 2013

1.0 0.0 0.9 1.3 -0.3 0.9

Oct 2013

1.4 0.0 1.4 1.7 0.0 1.7

Nov 2013

1.0 0.0 1.0 1.3 0.0 1.2

Dec 2013

0.4 -0.6 -0.2 0.7 -0.6 0.2

Jan 2014

0.4 0.0 0.4 0.6 -0.3 0.3

Feb 2014

1.2 -0.6 0.5 1.5 -1.2 0.4

Mar 2014

0.5 0.0 0.5 0.8 -0.3 0.5

Apr 2014

-0.1 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.0 0.4

May 2014

0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.3

Jun 2014

0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3

Jul 2014

0.1 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.7

Aug 2014

0.5 0.3 0.8 0.8 0.3 1.1

Sep 2014

0.5 0.3 0.8 0.7 0.6 1.3

Oct 2014

0.4 0.3 0.7 0.8 0.3 1.0

Nov 2014

0.8 0.6 1.3 1.2 0.3 1.6

Dec 2014

1.3 0.9 2.2 1.7 0.9 2.6

Jan 2015

2.4 0.6 3.0 3.0 0.6 3.6

Feb 2015

2.0 0.6 2.6 2.5 0.9 3.3

Mar 2015

2.2 -0.3 1.9 2.5 0.0 2.5

Apr 2015

2.4 0.0 2.3 2.7 -0.3 2.4

May 2015

2.3 0.0 2.3 2.6 -0.3 2.3

Jun 2015

1.9 0.0 2.0 2.4 0.0 2.4

Jul 2015

1.9 0.0 1.9 2.3 0.0 2.2

Aug 2015

2.0 0.0 2.0 2.4 -0.3 2.0

Sep 2015

2.2 0.3 2.5 2.6 -0.3 2.3

Oct 2015

2.4 0.0 2.4 2.7 0.0 2.8

Nov 2015

2.0 -0.3 1.7 2.1 -0.3 1.8

Dec 2015

1.9 0.0 1.9 2.2 0.0 2.2

Jan 2016

1.1 0.0 1.2 1.2 0.3 1.5

Feb 2016

1.3 0.0 1.4 1.8 -0.3 1.5

Mar 2016

1.6 -0.3 1.3 2.0 -0.3 1.7

Apr 2016

1.4 -0.3 1.2 1.7 0.0 1.7

May 2016

1.3 -0.3 1.1 1.7 0.0 1.6

Jun 2016

1.5 -0.3 1.2 1.8 -0.3 1.4

Jul 2016

1.9 -0.3 1.6 2.1 -0.3 1.8

Aug 2016

1.3 -0.9 0.5 1.7 -0.6 1.1

Sep 2016

1.1 -0.6 0.5 1.3 -0.3 1.0

Oct 2016

1.0 -0.3 0.7 1.0 -0.3 0.6

Nov 2016

0.8 -0.6 0.3 0.9 -0.3 0.6

Dec 2016

0.6 -0.6 0.0 0.5 -0.6 -0.1

Jan 2017

-0.1 -0.6 -0.7 -0.1 -0.6 -0.8

Feb 2017

0.0 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4 0.0 -0.4

Mar 2017

0.1 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Apr 2017

0.3 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.4

May 2017

0.7 0.0 0.6 0.5 0.0 0.6

Jun 2017

0.8 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.3 1.1

Jul 2017

0.7 0.0 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.9

Aug 2017

0.7 0.3 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.7

Sep 2017

0.6 -0.3 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.3

Oct 2017

0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.5

Nov 2017

0.3 0.6 0.8 0.0 0.3 0.3

Dec 2017(p)

0.6 0.3 0.9 0.2 0.3 0.5

Jan 2018(p)

0.8 -0.3 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.2
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

For production and nonsupervisory employees, real average hourly earnings increased 0.1 percent over the 12 months ending January 2018 (seasonally adjusted). The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with a no change in the average workweek resulted in a 0.2-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Earnings data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see “Real Earnings — January 2018” (HTML) (PDF). The Consumer Price Index is used to adjust earnings estimates for inflation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Real average hourly earnings increased 0.8 percent from January 2017 to January 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/real-average-hourly-earnings-increased-0-8-percent-from-january-2017-to-january-2018.htm (visited September 22, 2018).

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