Economic News Release

Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, July 21, 2015                    USDL-15-1431

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                                    SECOND QUARTER 2015

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 108.8 million full-time wage and salary
workers were $801 in the second quarter of 2015 (not seasonally adjusted), the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 2.7 percent higher than
a year earlier, compared with no change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban
Consumers (CPI-U) over the same period.

Data on usual weekly earnings are collected as part of the Current Population
Survey, a nationwide sample survey of households in which respondents are asked,
among other things, how much each wage and salary worker usually earns. (See the
Technical Note.) Data shown in this release are not seasonally adjusted unless
otherwise specified. Highlights from the second-quarter data are:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $801 in the second quarter
     of 2015. Women had median usual weekly earnings of $726, or 81.9 percent of
     the $886 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women
     earned 81.2 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with black
     women (88.4 percent), Asian women (77.1 percent), and Hispanic women (92.4
     percent). (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for black
     men working at full-time jobs were $696 per week, or 76.1 percent of the
     median for white men ($914). The difference was less among women, as black
     women's median earnings ($615) were 82.9 percent of those for white women
     ($742). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($601)
     were lower than those of blacks ($647), whites ($829), and Asians ($965).
     (See table 2.)

   --Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, median
     weekly earnings were highest for those ages 45 to 54 ($1,058) and 55 to 64
     ($1,037). Usual weekly earnings were highest for women age 35 to 64: weekly
     earnings were $792 for women age 35 to 44, $797 for women age 45 to 54, and
     $794 for women age 55 to 64. Workers age 16 to 24 had the lowest median
     weekly earnings, at $476. (See table 3.)

   --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management,
     professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--
     $1,357 for men and $987 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $587 and $457, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $499, compared with $678 for
     high school graduates (no college) and $1,210 for those holding at least a
     bachelor's degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees (professional
     or master's degree and above), the highest earning 10 percent of male workers
     made $3,779 or more per week, compared with $2,412 or more for their female
     counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $803 in the second quarter of
     2015, essentially unchanged from the previous quarter ($802). (See table 1.)

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