April 19, 2013
Median weekly earnings of the nation's 102.6 million full-time wage and salary workers were $773 in the first quarter of 2013, not seasonally adjusted. Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $704, or 81.2 percent of the $867 median for men.
16 years and over
16 to 24 years
25 to 34 years
35 to 44 years
45 to 54 years
55 to 64 years
65 years and over
Race and ethnicity, 16 years and over
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity
Among men, those ages 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 had the highest median weekly earnings, $1,015 and $983, respectively. Usual weekly earnings were highest for women ages 35 to 64; weekly earnings were $757 for women ages 35 to 44, $758 for women ages 45 to 54, and $771 for women ages 55 to 64. Workers age 16 to 24 had the lowest median weekly earnings, at $459.
The female-to-male earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.4 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with black (89.6 percent), Hispanic (89.5 percent), and Asian women (78.5 percent).
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers – First Quarter 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑0671. 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. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings by age, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, first quarter 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130419.htm (visited October 24, 2014).
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