Economic News Release

Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 21, 2015                                     USDL-15-0688

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Median weekly earnings of the nation's 107.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $808 in 
the first quarter of 2015 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. 
This was 1.5 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a decline of 0.1 percent 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 news release are not seasonally 
adjusted unless otherwise specified. Highlights from the first-quarter data include:

•	Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $808 in the first quarter of 2015. Women 
        had median usual weekly earnings of $730, or 81.6 percent of the $895 median for men. 
        (See table 2.) 

•	The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.3 
        percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with black women (88.5 percent), Asian 
        women (79.7 percent), and Hispanic women (89.4 percent). (See table 2.)

•	Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for black men working at 
        full-time jobs were $694 per week, or 75.6 percent of the median for white men ($918). The 
        difference was less among women, as black women's median earnings ($614) were 82.3 percent 
        of those for white women ($746). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time 
        ($590) were lower than those of blacks ($650), whites ($835), and Asians ($966). 
        (See table 2.) 

•	Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, median weekly earnings 
        were highest for those age 45 to 54 ($1,039) and 55 to 64 ($1,038). Usual weekly earnings 
        were highest for women age 35 to 64: weekly earnings were $796 for women age 35 to 44, $811 
        for women age 45 to 54, and $777 for women age 55 to 64. Workers age 16 to 24 had the lowest 
        median weekly earnings, at $480. (See table 3.) 

•	Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management, professional, 
        and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--$1,372 for men and $988 for 
        women. Men and women employed in service jobs earned the least, $575 and $461, respectively. 
        (See table 4.) 

•	By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school diploma 
        had median weekly earnings of $478, compared with $669 for high school graduates (no college) 
        and $1,227 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 $3,862 or more per week, compared with $2,420 or more for their female 
        counterparts. (See table 5.) 

•	Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $802 in the first quarter of 2015, little 
        changed from the previous quarter ($796). (See table 1.) 

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  |                   Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Usual Weekly Earnings Data                       |
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  |Seasonally adjusted data for median usual weekly earnings in constant (1982-84) dollars have been   |
  |updated using revised seasonally adjusted data for the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers |
  |(CPI-U). (Data are shown in table 1 of the release.) Seasonally adjusted constant (1982-84) dollar  |
  |estimates back to the first quarter of 2010 were subject to revision.                               |

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