Median weekly earnings were $806 for women, $1,004 for men, in first quarter 2019
April 22, 2019
Median weekly earnings of the nation's 116.1 million full-time wage and salary workers were $905 in the first quarter of 2019. This was 2.7 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.6 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. Women had median weekly earnings of $806 in the first quarter of 2019, or 80.3 percent of the $1,004 median for men.
|Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity||Total||Men||Women|
Total, 16 years and over
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Note: People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.
Median weekly earnings for Blacks ($737) and Hispanics ($696) working at full-time jobs were lower than those of Whites ($935) and Asians ($1,157).
Median weekly earnings for Black men were $772, or 74.7 percent of the median for White men ($1,033). Median earnings for Hispanic men were $728, or 70.5 percent of the median for White men. Median earnings for Asian men were $1,299.
The difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings were $709, or 85.8 percent of those for White women ($826). Median earnings for Hispanic women were $631, or 76.4 percent of those for White women. The median for Asian women was $1,017.
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: First Quarter 2019." We also have more charts on usual weekly earnings. 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. People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings were $806 for women, $1,004 for men, in first quarter 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/median-weekly-earnings-were-806-for-women-1004-for-men-in-first-quarter-2019.htm (visited February 16, 2020).
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