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Real average hourly earnings up 0.2 percent in 2013; real weekly earnings unchanged

January 22, 2014

Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose 0.2 percent from December 2012 to December 2013. This increase stems from a 1.8‑percent increase in average hourly earnings that was partially offset by a 1.5‑percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

Percent annual change in real average hourly and weekly earnings of all workers on nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted, 2007–2013
Percent annual change in real average hourly and weekly earnings of all workers on nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted, 2007–2013
YearAverage hourly earningsAverage weekly earnings

2007

-0.9-1.2

2008

3.62.1

2009

-1.0-1.6

2010

0.31.5

2011

-1.0-0.4

2012

0.40.3

2013(p)

0.20.0
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary

Note: The percentage changes are calculated based on the earnings levels in December of each year from 2006 to 2013.

The increase in real average hourly earnings, combined with a 0.3‑percent decline in the average workweek, resulted in no net change in real average weekly earnings in 2013.

In 2012, real average hourly and weekly earnings increased slightly, by 0.4 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. That followed alternating decreases and increases in real average hourly and weekly earnings each year back to 2007.

The net effect of all the decreases and increases in real earnings since 2007 is that real average hourly earnings were 1.6 percent higher in December 2013 than they were in December 2006. Real average weekly earnings were 0.8 percent higher at the end of 2013 than at the end of 2006.

Real average hourly and weekly earnings of all workers on nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted, December 2006–December 2013
Real average hourly and weekly earnings of all workers on nonfarm payrolls, seasonally adjusted, December 2006–December 2013
MonthAverage hourly earningsAverage weekly earnings
Value in 1982–1984 dollarsIndexValue in 1982–1984 dollarsIndex

December 2006

$10.14100.0$351.78100.0

January 2007

10.14100.0349.6999.4

February 2007

10.14100.0349.6999.4

March 2007

10.1399.9350.4099.6

April 2007

10.1299.8350.0399.5

May 2007

10.1199.7349.7699.4

June 2007

10.1399.9350.6299.7

July 2007

10.1399.9350.3399.6

August 2007

10.14100.0350.8999.7

September 2007

10.1199.7348.8999.2

October 2007

10.1099.6348.3199.0

November 2007

10.0599.1346.5898.5

December 2007

10.0599.1347.7398.8

January 2008

10.0298.8346.8698.6

February 2008

10.0398.9347.1698.7

March 2008

10.0499.0348.5599.1

April 2008

10.0298.8346.7498.6

May 2008

10.0098.6346.1598.4

June 2008

9.9498.0343.8397.7

July 2008

9.8997.5341.0496.9

August 2008

9.9598.1343.2897.6

September 2008

9.9598.1342.3197.3

October 2008

10.0699.2346.0798.4

November 2008

10.29101.5353.05100.4

December 2008

10.41102.7355.04100.9

January 2009

10.39102.5355.31101.0

February 2009

10.37102.3352.74100.3

March 2009

10.40102.6352.68100.3

April 2009

10.41102.7351.90100.0

May 2009

10.39102.5351.3399.9

June 2009

10.32101.8348.8799.2

July 2009

10.35102.1349.7899.4

August 2009

10.34102.0349.3999.3

September 2009

10.33101.9350.0299.5

October 2009

10.32101.8348.9699.2

November 2009

10.31101.7349.5199.4

December 2009

10.31101.7349.5099.4

January 2010

10.33101.9351.1399.8

February 2010

10.34102.0350.4599.6

March 2010

10.35102.1351.92100.0

April 2010

10.37102.3353.74100.6

May 2010

10.39102.5355.33101.0

June 2010

10.38102.4353.98100.6

July 2010

10.39102.5355.37101.0

August 2010

10.39102.5355.46101.0

September 2010

10.40102.6356.64101.4

October 2010

10.39102.5356.48101.3

November 2010

10.37102.3354.67100.8

December 2010

10.34102.0354.72100.8

January 2011

10.35102.1354.12100.7

February 2011

10.32101.8353.81100.6

March 2011

10.27101.3352.21100.1

April 2011

10.26101.2352.79100.3

May 2011

10.25101.1352.50100.2

June 2011

10.24101.0351.1299.8

July 2011

10.25101.1352.70100.3

August 2011

10.21100.7350.3099.6

September 2011

10.20100.6351.0599.8

October 2011

10.24101.0352.30100.1

November 2011

10.23100.9351.81100.0

December 2011

10.24101.0353.30100.4

January 2012

10.23100.9352.87100.3

February 2012

10.22100.8353.65100.5

March 2012

10.22100.8352.61100.2

April 2012

10.23100.9352.91100.3

May 2012

10.25101.1352.50100.2

June 2012

10.27101.3353.13100.4

July 2012

10.29101.5353.87100.6

August 2012

10.23100.9351.89100.0

September 2012

10.21100.7352.12100.1

October 2012

10.18100.4349.1899.3

November 2012

10.24101.0352.38100.2

December 2012

10.28101.4354.50100.8

January 2013

10.29101.5353.82100.6

February 2013

10.23100.9353.05100.4

March 2013

10.26101.2354.88100.9

April 2013

10.32101.8356.05101.2

May 2013

10.31101.7355.67101.1

June 2013

10.30101.6355.45101.0

July 2013

10.28101.4353.71100.5

August 2013

10.30101.6355.31101.0

September 2013

10.30101.6354.23100.7

October 2013

10.31101.7354.73100.8

November 2013(p)

10.33101.9356.23101.3

December 2013(p)

10.30101.6354.44100.8
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary

Note: For the index numbers, December 2006 = 100.0

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "Real Earnings — December 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL‑14‑0038. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers is used to deflate the earnings data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Real average hourly earnings up 0.2 percent in 2013; real weekly earnings unchanged on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140122.htm (visited July 29, 2014).

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