July 24, 2013
Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 104.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $776 in the second quarter of 2013. This was 0.6 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.4 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers over the same period. Data shown are not seasonally adjusted.
Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $707, or 82.2 percent of the $860 median for men.
The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.1 percent as much as their male counterparts compared with black (91.6 percent), Asian (77.1 percent), and Hispanic women (94.2 percent).
Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for black men working at full‑time jobs were $666, or 75.3 percent of the median for white men ($885). The difference was less among women, as black women’s median weekly earnings ($610) were 85.0 percent of those for white women ($718). Overall, median weekly earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($572) were lower than those of blacks ($634), whites ($799), and Asians ($973).
These earnings data are produced by the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “Usual weekly earnings of Wage and Salary Workers—Second Quarter 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-1345. Full-time workers are those who usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or principal job. 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, second quarter 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130724.htm (visited April 29, 2016).
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.