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Median weekly earnings by age and sex, second quarter 2021

July 26, 2021

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 113.6 million full-time wage and salary workers were $990 in the second quarter of 2021. Women had median weekly earnings of $899, or 82.2 percent of the $1,094 median for men. Median weekly earnings were highest for men and women ages 35 to 64.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by age and sex, second quarter 2021 averages
Age Total Men Women

16 years and over

$990 $1,094 $899

16 to 19 years

555 595 501

20 to 24 years

633 656 613

25 to 34 years

928 961 886

35 to 44 years

1,119 1,242 968

45 to 54 years

1,134 1,279 985

55 to 64 years

1,130 1,246 973

65 years and over

989 1,141 816

In the second quarter of 2021, median weekly earnings were $1,242 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,279 for men ages 45 to 54, and $1,246 for men ages 55 to 64. Median weekly earnings were $968 for women ages 35 to 44, $985 for women ages 45 to 54, and $973 for women ages 55 to 64. Men and women ages 16 to 19 had the lowest median weekly earnings, $595 and $501, respectively. 

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: Second Quarter 2021" 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. The median is the midpoint in the earnings distribution; half of workers earn more than the median and half earn less.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings by age and sex, second quarter 2021 at (visited June 19, 2024).

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