February 04, 2014
Median weekly earnings of the nation's 104.8 million full-time wage and salary workers were $786 in the fourth quarter of 2013 (not seasonally adjusted). Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $713, or 82.0 percent of the $869 median for men.
|Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity||Total||Men||Women|
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for Black men working at full-time jobs were $646 per week, or 72.1 percent of the median for White men ($896). The difference was less among women, as Black women's median earnings ($621) were 85.3 percent of those for White women ($728). Overall, median earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($576) were lower than those of Blacks ($632), Whites ($813), and Asians ($916).
The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.3 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black (96.1 percent), Asian (77.7 percent), and Hispanic women (89.4 percent).
These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Fourth Quarter 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑0094. 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 at $786, fourth quarter 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140204.htm (visited May 24, 2015).
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.