Department of Labor – Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2011

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 29, 2012

Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2011, U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2012, Report 1038

  • In 2011, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $684, about 82 percent of median earnings for male full-time wage and salary workers ($832). In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women earned 62 percent of what men earned. This report presents earnings data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a national monthly survey of approximately 60,000 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Information on earnings is collected from one-fourth of the CPS sample each month. Readers should note that the comparisons of earnings in this report are on a broad level
    and do not control for many factors that can be significant in
    explaining earnings differences.”
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