The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday released wage data from the first quarter showing again what workers already know – that men make more than women. Beyond gender, race also showed a disparity in earnings.
Among the numbers:
• Five years ago, the median weekly earnings for men in America were $815, and $645 for women, giving women overall earnings that were 79.1 percent of the earnings of men.
• In the first quarter this year, men earned a median weekly wage of $867, and $716 for women. The current 82.5 percent is an improvement over five years ago, but the difference continues.
• The wage disparity between men and women begins early. In the first quarter, men 16-24 years old earned $480 per week; women, $434.
• The disparity continues through senior citizenship. Men 65 years old and older earned a median weekly salary of $938; women, $714.
• White men earned a median weekly wage of $898; Black men, $708; Asian men, $1,045; Hispanic and Latino men, $610.
• Asian men aged 25-54 earned the highest weekly salary at $1,127, and Asian women in the same age category earned the highest among women, at $944. Black men and women in the category earned $731 and $615 respectively, while Latino men and women aged 25-54 earned $645 and $591 respectively.
• Men in management and professional occupations earned a median wage of $1,347, and women earned $975. Men and women in the service sector earned $581 and $459 respectively. Workers with “farming, fishing and forestry” occupations earned the least, with a median wage of $423 per week for men and $368 for women. Salesmen earned $875 weekly, and saleswomen, $599.
• Concerning educational attainment, workers with less than a high school diploma earned a median wage of $480 in the first quarter, while high school graduates earned $660, and those with a bachelor’s degree or higher earned $1,199. Men with an advanced degree earned $1,652 weekly, and women $1,205.
• The disparity between wages earned by men and women continues even at the highest level. In the column describing the top 10 percent of earnings, men earned $2,076 per week compared to $1,637 for women.