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Women had median weekly earnings of $857, or 80.4 percent of men's earnings, first quarter 2020

April 21, 2020

Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 115.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $957 in the first quarter of 2020. Median weekly earnings for women were $857, or 80.4 percent of the median of $1,066 for men. 

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, first quarter 2020, not seasonally adjusted
Race and ethnicity Total Men Women

Total, 16 years and over

$957 $1,066 $857

White

979 1,096 873

Black or African American

775 823 742

Asian

1,221 1,360 1106

Hispanic or Latino

722 763 678

Note: People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 79.7 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 90.2 percent for Black women, 81.3 percent for Asian women, and 88.9 percent for Hispanic women.

Median weekly earnings of Blacks ($775) and Hispanics ($722) working full-time jobs were lower than those of Whites ($979) and Asians ($1,221). Median weekly earnings for Black men were $823, or 75.1 percent of the median for White men ($1,096). Median earnings for Hispanic men were $763, or 69.6 percent of the median for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings were $742, or 85.0 percent of those for White women ($873), and earnings for Hispanic women were $678, or 77.7 percent of those for White women. Earnings of Asian men ($1,360) and women ($1,106) were higher than those of their White counterparts.

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 2020." Also see The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Household Survey Data for March 2020 and more charts of usual weekly earnings data. Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or main job.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women had median weekly earnings of $857, or 80.4 percent of men's earnings, first quarter 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/women-had-median-weekly-earnings-of-857-or-80-point-4-percent-of-mens-earnings-first-quarter-2020.htm (visited July 11, 2020).

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