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Usual Weekly Earnings Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, July 17, 2019 	                USDL-19-1302

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                               SECOND QUARTER 2019

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 117.6 million full-time wage and salary
workers were $908 in the second quarter of 2019 (not seasonally adjusted), the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 3.7 percent higher
than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.8 percent in the Consumer Price
Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) over the same period.

Data on usual weekly earnings are collected as part of the Current Population
Survey, a nationwide sample survey of households in which respondents are asked,
among other things, how much each wage and salary worker usually earns. (See the
Technical Note in this news release.) Data shown in this news release are not
seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.

Highlights from the second-quarter data:

   --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $908 in the second quarter
     of 2019. Women had median weekly earnings of $814, or 81.4 percent of the
     $1,000 median for men. (See table 2.)

   --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White
     women earned 81.4 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared
     with 90.8 percent for Black women, 72.5 percent for Asian women, and 83.2
     percent for Hispanic women. (See table 2.)

   --Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings of Blacks
     ($724) and Hispanics ($696) working at full-time jobs were lower than those
     of Whites ($933) and Asians ($1,152). By sex, median weekly earnings for
     Black men were $761, or 74.2 percent of the median for White men ($1,026).
     Median earnings for Hispanic men were $746, or 72.7 percent of the median
     for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black women's median
     earnings were $691, or 82.8 percent of those for White women ($835), and
     earnings for Hispanic women were $621, or 74.4 percent of those for White
     women. Earnings of Asian men ($1,331) and women ($965) were higher than those
     of their White counterparts. (See table 2.) 

   --By age, median weekly earnings were highest for men ages 35 to 64: weekly
     earnings were $1,133 for men ages 35 to 44, $1,153 for men ages 45 to 54,
     and $1,158 for men ages 54 to 64. Usual weekly earnings were highest for
     women age 35 and over: median weekly earnings were $908 for women ages 35
     to 44, $899 for women ages 45 to 54, $869 for women ages 55 to 64, and $881
     for women age 65 and over. Men and women ages 16 to 24 had the lowest median
     weekly earnings, $601 and $522, respectively. (See table 3.) 

   --Among the major occupational groups, persons employed full time in management,
     professional, and related occupations had the highest median weekly earnings--
     $1,540 for men and $1,117 for women. Men and women employed in service jobs
     earned the least, $637 and $530, respectively. (See table 4.)

   --By educational attainment, full-time workers age 25 and over without a high
     school diploma had median weekly earnings of $588, compared with $751 for high
     school graduates (no college) and $1,357 for those holding at least a bachelor's
     degree. Among college graduates with advanced degrees (master's, professional,
     and doctoral degrees), the highest earning 10 percent of male workers made
     $3,997 or more per week, compared with $2,822 or more for their female
     counterparts. (See table 5.)

   --Seasonally adjusted median weekly earnings edged up to $911 in the second quarter
     of 2019. (See table 1.)

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