July 20, 2012
Median weekly earnings of the nation's 102.8 million full-time wage and salary workers were $771 in the second quarter of 2012. Women had median weekly earnings of $689, or 79.7 percent of the $865 median for men.
Median usual weekly earnings of full-time workers varied by age. Among both men and women, median weekly earnings were higher in the older age groups. Men ages 45 to 54 had median weekly earnings of $1,003, about the same as the median for men ages 55 to 64 ($1,015).
Median weekly earnings were highest for women ages 35 to 64; the median was $749 for women ages 35 to 44, $733 for women ages 45 to 54, and $760 for women ages 55 to 64.
Workers in the 16- to 19-year-old and 20- to 24-year-old age groups had the lowest median weekly earnings.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers, Second Quarter 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-1419. Full-time workers are those who usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or principal job. The earnings data shown here are not seasonally adjusted.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Weekly earnings of full-time workers by age and sex, second quarter 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120720.htm (visited May 01, 2016).
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