Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers are $859 in 3rd quarter 2017

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 114.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $859 in the third quarter of 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 3.9 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 2.0 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 release are not seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.  Highlights from the third-quarter data:     --Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $859 in the third quarter      of 2017. Women had median weekly earnings of $767, or 81.9 percent of the      $937 median for men. (See table 2.)     --The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women       earned 82.0 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with Black women      (88.4 percent), Asian women (78.6 percent), and Hispanic women (85.5 percent).      (See table 2.)  
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