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Median weekly earnings were $996 for women, $1,186 for men, in first quarter 2023

April 25, 2023

In the first quarter of 2023, women who worked full time in wage and salary jobs had median usual weekly earnings of $996, or 84.0 percent of men’s earnings ($1,186). The ratio of women's-to-men's earnings and the proportion of jobs held by women both varied by major occupational group.

Among the major occupational groups, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratios were highest for sales and office occupations (84.8 percent) and service occupations (83.5 percent). In contrast, women’s earnings were 65.9 percent of men’s earnings in natural resource, construction, and maintenance occupations.

Women's-to-men's earnings ratios by major occupational group, 1st quarter 2023
Major occupational groupWomen's median usual weekly earningsWomen's earnings as a percentage of men's

Total

99684.0

Sales and office

868 84.8

Service

662 83.5

Production, transportation, and material moving

688 76.2

Management, professional, and related

1,344 75.7

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

664 65.9

In the first quarter of 2023, women accounted for more than half of full-time wage and salary workers employed in three of the five major occupational groups: sales and office occupations (59.0 percent), service occupations (51.6 percent), and management, professional, and related occupations (51.3 percent). In the remaining two occupational groups, women made up 24.8 percent of those employed in production, transportation, and material moving occupations, and 4.4 percent of natural resources, construction, and maintenance workers.

Percent of full-time wage and salary workers who are women and men by major occupational group, 1st quarter 2023
Major occupational group Men Women

Total

55.2 44.8

Sales and office

41.0 59.0

Service

48.4 51.6

Management, professional, and related

48.7 51.3

Production, transportation, and material moving

75.2 24.8

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

95.6 4.4

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 2023." 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.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings were $996 for women, $1,186 for men, in first quarter 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/median-weekly-earnings-were-996-for-women-1186-for-men-in-first-quarter-2023.htm (visited March 03, 2024).

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