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Women had median weekly earnings of $902 in third quarter 2020, compared with $1,104 for men

October 22, 2020

Among full-time workers, women had median weekly earnings of $902, while men's weekly earnings were $1,104, in the third quarter of 2020. Median weekly earnings were $1,542 for Asian men and $1,122 for White men. Those compare with $869 for Black or African American men and $823 for Hispanic or Latino men. Median weekly earnings were $1,224 for Asian women, $910 for White women, $768 for Black or African American women, and $722 for Hispanic or Latino women.

Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers, by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, first quarter 2000–third quarter 2020
Quarter Total Asian White Black or African American Hispanic or Latino
 Men   Women   Men   Women   Men   Women  Men Women Men Women

Q1 2000

$641 $489 $677 $515 $662 $498 $507 $424 $423 $358

Q2 2000

639 486 662 559 659 495 519 423 416 354

Q3 2000

631 494 693 570 653 502 504 426 417 376

Q4 2000

652 503 713 541 673 512 508 446 411 378

Q1 2001

659 509 731 523 682 519 511 449 424 382

Q2 2001

664 511 740 560 683 520 545 460 440 391

Q3 2001

676 507 735 587 694 514 526 453 455 383

Q4 2001

681 522 724 568 697 537 558 457 436 399

Q1 2002

682 530 753 566 701 542 546 493 462 391

Q2 2002

677 520 756 552 703 534 532 469 450 391

Q3 2002

671 527 757 576 694 548 511 457 435 401

Q4 2002

686 542 756 570 710 564 520 469 457 408

Q1 2003

695 551 793 620 713 563 552 493 471 416

Q2 2003

692 547 759 606 712 561 540 489 456 399

Q3 2003

689 550 762 592 708 569 568 478 463 414

Q4 2003

704 561 784 579 728 576 560 502 468 410

Q1 2004

711 567 790 615 729 580 567 498 478 417

Q2 2004

714 572 807 653 729 583 598 504 477 414

Q3 2004

704 571 801 589 721 583 570 508 477 430

Q4 2004

722 578 807 601 747 589 529 512 490 415

Q1 2005

729 586 798 670 751 599 555 492 488 433

Q2 2005

713 580 810 664 732 590 565 487 487 437

Q3 2005

716 585 834 659 737 594 533 509 483 418

Q4 2005

731 588 868 666 753 601 579 506 498 430

Q1 2006

744 600 932 663 763 607 577 542 506 438

Q2 2006

731 593 843 688 753 602 573 511 504 434

Q3 2006

749 599 857 728 764 608 610 511 504 440

Q4 2006

749 609 912 726 765 620 605 521 504 446

Q1 2007

759 615 864 743 783 625 585 540 520 471

Q2 2007

763 607 942 709 783 620 597 521 523 470

Q3 2007

767 616 947 738 784 630 618 534 518 469

Q4 2007

774 618 968 732 800 632 599 539 520 479

Q1 2008

790 637 939 754 822 652 604 556 538 501

Q2 2008

800 634 975 741 827 648 615 568 569 494

Q3 2008

796 631 960 723 816 649 646 530 566 498

Q4 2008

807 650 989 782 833 667 618 569 563 512

Q1 2009

823 649 951 773 855 666 595 559 577 510

Q2 2009

815 652 969 781 842 666 620 567 575 511

Q3 2009

812 657 941 777 835 668 622 593 539 513

Q4 2009

825 670 941 786 850 679 653 610 581 503

Q1 2010

844 665 940 767 869 678 635 584 589 504

Q2 2010

810 672 901 854 838 682 632 585 542 514

Q3 2010

813 662 963 773 839 677 634 590 539 503

Q4 2010

830 679 947 719 857 695 629 605 567 510

Q1 2011

829 683 948 762 856 699 621 590 570 515

Q2 2011

825 689 972 748 850 705 673 592 586 524

Q3 2011

827 673 1015 712 847 699 661 596 562 522

Q4 2011

843 688 960 771 871 709 660 601 562 508

Q1 2012

848 697 1027 830 874 713 677 602 584 525

Q2 2012

865 689 1092 771 891 701 668 616 600 525

Q3 2012

828 685 1043 762 854 712 633 590 586 513

Q4 2012

875 692 1051 752 895 712 680 594 599 519

Q1 2013

867 704 1058 831 888 723 666 597 593 531

Q2 2013

860 707 1117 861 885 718 666 610 583 549

Q3 2013

847 698 1027 795 868 719 682 594 609 553

Q4 2013

869 713 1019 792 896 728 646 621 594 531

Q1 2014

872 722 1045 876 898 740 708 606 610 565

Q2 2014

857 716 1139 855 884 725 667 631 609 532

Q3 2014

870 715 1087 795 896 733 679 608 617 553

Q4 2014

882 724 1067 826 907 738 667 602 631 544

Q1 2015

895 730 1090 869 918 746 694 614 612 547

Q2 2015

886 726 1085 836 914 742 696 615 619 572

Q3 2015

889 721 1133 818 919 740 652 608 624 568

Q4 2015

907 729 1178 943 931 745 674 621 679 570

Q1 2016

912 750 1159 933 936 767 732 625 641 574

Q2 2016

909 744 1147 907 941 759 704 646 652 581

Q3 2016

911 745 1154 865 932 760 732 639 667 593

Q4 2016

927 758 1147 908 959 778 706 650 685 595

Q1 2017

950 765 1205 892 977 790 722 645 692 596

Q2 2017

934 780 1254 931 961 808 702 676 686 612

Q3 2017

937 767 1147 902 965 791 744 658 698 597

Q4 2017

946 769 1237 894 982 791 681 654 688 608

Q1 2018

965 783 1199 941 997 810 723 671 723 615

Q2 2018

959 780 1245 918 985 815 720 644 704 621

Q3 2018

973 796 1252 965 1004 825 726 631 722 621

Q4 2018

993 794 1256 937 1024 816 773 665 736 610

Q1 2019

1004 806 1299 1017 1033 826 772 709 728 631

Q2 2019

1000 814 1331 965 1026 835 761 691 746 621

Q3 2019

1002 825 1360 1138 1025 843 768 683 757 661

Q4 2019

1022 843 1335 1008 1058 859 778 738 761 654

Q1 2020

1066 857 1360 1106 1096 873 823 742 763 678

Q2 2020

1087 913 1479 1141 1115 929 828 779 841 717

Q3 2020

1104 902 1542 1224 1122 910 869 768 823 722

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

Median weekly earnings for Black men ($869) were 77.5 percent of the median for White men ($1,122). Median earnings for Hispanic men ($823) were 73.4 percent of the median for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings ($768) were 84.4 percent of those for White women ($910), and earnings for Hispanic women ($722) were 79.3 percent of those for White women.

Overall, women's median earnings were 81.7 percent of the median for men. Asian women earned 79.4 percent as much as Asian men, while White women earned 81.1 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 87.7 percent for Hispanic women and 88.4 percent for Black women.

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 2020." Also see more charts of usual weekly earnings data. Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or main job. The median or 50th percentile 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.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women had median weekly earnings of $902 in third quarter 2020, compared with $1,104 for men on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/women-had-median-weekly-earnings-of-902-in-third-quarter-2020-compared-with-1104-for-men.htm (visited November 30, 2020).

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