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Median weekly earnings were $900 for women, $1,089 for men, in first quarter 2021

April 23, 2021

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 112.1 million full-time wage and salary workers were $989 in the first quarter of 2021. Women had median weekly earnings of $900, or 82.6 percent of the $1,089 median for men. Full-time workers in management, business, and financial operations occupations had the highest median weekly earnings—$1,741 for men and $1,261 for women.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by occupation and sex, first quarter 2021
Occupation Total Men Women


$989 $1,089 $900

Management, business, and financial operations

1,475 1,741 1,261

Professional and related

1,288 1,536 1,143

Installation, maintenance, and repair

982 985 903

Sales and related

887 1,031 720

Construction and extraction

885 892 784

Office and administrative support

795 887 769


781 853 616

Transportation and material moving

705 739 608


626 741 582

Farming, fishing, and forestry

582 596 499

Men and women employed in farming, fishing, and forestry jobs had the lowest median weekly earnings in the first quarter of 2021, at $596 and $499, respectively.

The ratio of women’s earnings to men’s earnings was highest in installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (91.7 percent).

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 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 were $900 for women, $1,089 for men, in first quarter 2021 at (visited June 17, 2024).

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