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Median weekly earnings increased 5.2 percent for the year ended in the second quarter of 2022

July 26, 2022

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 118.9 million full-time wage and salary workers increased from $990 in the second quarter of 2021 to $1,041 in the second quarter of 2022, or 5.2 percent. This compared with a gain of 8.6 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers over the same period.

12-month percent change in median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers, by race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, first quarter 2012–second quarter 2022
Period Total White Black or African American Asian Hispanic or Latino

Q1 2012

1.9% 2.5% 5.1% 10.5% 3.3%

Q2 2012

2.4 2.9 2.2 6.7 1.9

Q3 2012

0.7 1.0 -1.6 5.3 2.0

Q4 2012

1.4 2.0 -1.0 3.4 6.3

Q1 2013

0.5 1.1 -2.0 3.6 1.4

Q2 2013

0.6 0.9 -0.5 4.6 -0.7

Q3 2013

1.7 1.8 4.0 0.8 5.6

Q4 2013

1.4 1.4 2.8 0.7 0.9

Q1 2014

3.0 2.1 3.9 0.4 3.1

Q2 2014

0.5 0.4 2.4 -2.0 1.9

Q3 2014

2.5 2.8 1.3 2.5 1.9

Q4 2014

1.7 1.2 -1.7 4.7 4.2

Q1 2015

1.5 2.0 0.6 1.2 -0.5

Q2 2015

2.7 3.4 -0.3 1.2 3.1

Q3 2015

1.6 1.6 -2.2 3.1 0.7

Q4 2015

3.3 2.9 3.5 13.8 4.0

Q1 2016

2.7 2.6 3.5 6.8 3.7

Q2 2016

2.9 3.0 4.6 5.8 2.8

Q3 2016

3.0 3.0 9.8 3.7 5.0

Q4 2016

2.9 4.0 5.0 -6.3 3.5

Q1 2017

4.2 4.3 0.9 -1.3 6.0

Q2 2017

4.2 3.7 1.8 8.0 6.3

Q3 2017

3.9 3.9 1.6 0.0 3.6

Q4 2017

0.9 1.1 -1.3 3.8 1.7

Q1 2018

1.8 1.9 2.5 4.6 4.0

Q2 2018

2.0 2.4 -0.9 -1.8 2.6

Q3 2018

3.3 3.2 -1.4 11.7 5.2

Q4 2018

5.0 4.5 6.9 3.2 4.1

Q1 2019

2.7 2.6 5.9 8.5 3.1

Q2 2019

3.7 2.9 6.0 6.4 3.3

Q3 2019

3.6 3.1 6.0 10.5 4.2

Q4 2019

4.0 3.9 6.2 6.5 4.1

Q1 2020

5.7 4.8 5.2 5.5 3.6

Q2 2020

10.4 9.0 11.2 16.0 12.9

Q3 2020

8.2 6.9 11.8 11.6 9.3

Q4 2020

5.1 4.1 4.8 8.1 4.2

Q1 2021

3.3 2.7 3.1 5.3 4.0

Q2 2021

-1.2 -0.5 -0.7 -4.1 -0.9

Q3 2021

0.7 1.6 -1.7 -6.0 -0.8

Q4 2021

2.6 2.3 1.6 9.8 7.7

Q1 2022

4.9 5.8 5.1 5.9 6.5

Q2 2022

5.2 5.5 10.8 4.3 4.2

Median weekly earnings of Black or African American workers increased from $799 in the second quarter of 2021 to $885 in the second quarter of 2022, or 10.8 percent. Over the same period, median weekly earnings of White workers ($1,068) increased by 5.5 percent, compared with 4.2 percent for Hispanic or Latino workers ($812). Median weekly earnings of Asian workers ($1,336) changed little over the year.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Second Quarter 2022." Also see more charts of usual weekly earnings data. Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or main job. The median or 50th percentile is the midpoint in the earnings distribution; half of workers earn more than the median and half earn less. People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings increased 5.2 percent for the year ended in the second quarter of 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/median-weekly-earnings-increased-5-2-percent-for-the-year-ended-in-the-second-quarter-of-2022.htm (visited November 28, 2022).