### U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Occupational Employment Statistics

# What are Percentile Wages?

A percentile wage shows what percentage of workers in an occupation earn less than a given wage and what percentage earn more.

The following table provides an example of an occupation's percentile wages:

Percentile |
10% |
25% |
50% Median |
75% |
90% |
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Hourly Wage |
$11.00 |
$15.00 |
$20.00 |
$24.00 |
$29.00 |
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Annual Wage |
$22,880 |
$31,200 |
$41,600 |
$49,920 |
$60,320 |
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The hourly wage estimates in this example indicate that:

- 10% of employees earn less than $11.00 per hour; therefore the remaining 90% earn more than $11.00 per hour.
- 25% earn less than $15.00; 75% earn more than $15.00.
- 50% earn less than $20.00; 50% earn more than $20.00 (The 50th percentile is called the Median).
- 75% earn less than $24.00; 25% earn more than $24.00.
- 90% earn less than $29.00; 10% earn more than $29.00.

The annual wage estimates in this example indicate that:

- 10% of employees earn less than $22,880 per year; therefore the remaining 90% earn more than $22,880 per year.
- 25% earn less than $31,200; 75% earn more than $31,200.
- 50% earn less than $41,600; 50% earn more than $41,600 (The 50th percentile is called the Median).
- 75% earn less than $49,920; 25% earn more than $49,920.
- 90% earn less than $60,320; 10% earn more than $60,320.

**Last modified: **October 16, 2001