Economic News Release

Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, July 24, 2014                  USDL-14-1347

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Median weekly earnings of the nation's 106.6 million full-time wage and salary workers 
were $780 in the second quarter of 2014 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics reported today. This was essentially unchanged from a year earlier, 
compared with a gain of 2.1 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 release are not seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.
Highlights from the second-quarter data are:

  --Median weekly earnings were $780 in the second quarter of 2014. Women who 
    usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $716, or 83.5 percent 
    of the $857 median for men. (See table 2.)

  --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women 
    earned 82.0 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with black 
    women (94.6 percent), Asian women (75.1 percent), and Hispanic women (87.4 
    percent). (See table 2.)

  --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for black 
    men working at full-time jobs were $667 per week, or 75.5 percent of the median 
    for white men ($884). The difference was less among women, as black women's 
    median earnings ($631) were 87.0 percent of those for white women ($725). Overall, 
    median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($583) were lower than those of 
    blacks ($649), whites ($802), and Asians ($954). (See table 2.)

  --Usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among men, those age 
    45 to 54 and 55 to 64 had the highest median weekly earnings, $1,009 and $1,012, 
    respectively. Usual weekly earnings were highest for women age 35 to 64: weekly 
    earnings were $769 for women age 35 to 44, $783 for women age 45 to 54, and $770 
    for women age 55 to 64. Workers age 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, 
    at $464. (See table 3.)

  --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management, 
    professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--
    $1,343 for men and $969 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs had 
    much lower earnings, $580 and $452, respectively. (See table 4.)

  --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high 
    school diploma had median weekly earnings of $492, compared with $666 for high 
    school graduates (no college) and $1,187 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 $3,609 
    or more per week, compared with $2,331 or more for their female counterparts. 
    (See table 5.)

  --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings were $782 in the second quarter of 
    2014, little changed from the previous quarter ($791). (See table 1.)

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