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Median weekly earnings $971 for women, $1,164 for men, in third quarter 2022

November 02, 2022

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 120.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $1,070 in the third quarter of 2022. Women had median weekly earnings of $971, or 83.4 percent of the $1,164 median for men. By age, usual weekly earnings were highest for men ages 35 to 64: median weekly earnings were $1,299 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,398 for men ages 45 to 54, and $1,346 for men ages 55 to 64.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by age, 3rd quarter 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Age Total Men Women

16 years and over

$1,070 $1,164 $971

16 to 24 years

690 713 639

25 to 34 years

1,003 1,043 955

35 to 44 years

1,197 1,299 1,086

45 to 54 years

1,224 1,398 1,071

55 to 64 years

1,172 1,346 1,026

65 years and over

991 1,189 875

Among women, usual weekly earnings were highest for workers ages 35 to 54: median weekly earnings were $1,086 for women ages 35 to 44 and $1,071 for women ages 45 to 54. Men and women ages 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, $713 and $639, respectively. Men's and women's earnings were closer among younger workers than older workers; for example, women ages 16 to 24 earned 89.6 percent as much as men in the same age group, while the women's-to-men's earnings ratio was 74.9 percent for those age 55 and over.

Third-quarter median weekly earnings of full-time workers ($1,070) were 6.9 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with an increase of 8.3 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) over the same period.

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 2022." 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 middle point in the earnings distribution; half of workers earn more than the median and half earn less.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings $971 for women, $1,164 for men, in third quarter 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/median-weekly-earnings-971-for-women-1164-for-men-in-third-quarter-2022.htm (visited December 01, 2022).

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