June 23, 2005
In 2003, 25 percent of working wives whose husbands also worked earned more than their husbands.
This is up from 18 percent in 1987.
Among all married-couple families in which the wife (but not necessarily the husband) had earnings from work in 2003, 32 percent of the wives earned more than their husbands. This is a third higher than the 1987 figure of 24 percent.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Wives who earn more than their husbands on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/jun/wk3/art04.htm (visited November 25, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
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