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USUAL WEEKLY EARNINGS OF WAGE AND SALARY WORKERS
FOURTH QUARTER 2021
Median weekly earnings of the nation's 116.3 million full-time wage and salary workers were
$1,010 in the fourth quarter of 2021 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. This was 2.6 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of
6.7 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 fourth-quarter data:
• Median weekly earnings of full-time workers were $1,010 in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Women had median weekly earnings of $930, or 84.3 percent of the $1,103 median for men.
(See table 2.)
• The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned
83.2 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with 99.4 percent for Black
women, 77.7 percent for Asian women, and 86.7 percent for Hispanic women. (See table 2.)
• Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings of Blacks ($805) and
Hispanics ($799) working full-time jobs were lower than those of Whites ($1,030) and
Asians ($1,384). By sex, median weekly earnings for Black men were $807, or 71.5 percent
of the median for White men ($1,129). Median earnings for Hispanic men were $845, or 74.8
percent of the median for White men. The difference was less among women, as Black