Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers and Their Labor Market Experiences: Evidence from the Mid- to Late 1990s. Table B.5. Distribution of Job Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers In March 1996 For Those In Jobs and Businesses, By Gender

04/30/2004

Table B.5.
Distribution Of Job Characteristics Of Low-Wage Workers In March 1996
For Those In Jobs And Businesses, By Gender
(Percentages)
Characteristics Males Workers(a) Females Workers(a) All Workers(a)
Has Job Owns Business Has Job Owns Business Has Job Owns Business
Average Hourly Wage in Dollars 5.82 4.73 5.70 4.14 5.75 4.48
Usual Hours Worked per Week
В В В 1 to 19 3 3 9 15 6 8
В В В 20 to 34 13 13 25 25 20 18
В В В 35 to 40 57 23 55 26 56 24
В В В More than 40 28 61 11 35 18 50
В В В (Average hours worked) 41.3 50.0 35.0 37.0 37.6 44.4
Average Weekly Earnings in Dollars 241 235 201 153 217 200
Owns Business (Self-Employed) -- 100 -- 100 -- 100
Covered by Health Insurance(a) 44 20 59 27 53 23
Occupation
В В В Professional/technical 10 34 14 22 12 28
В В В Sales/retail 10 17 16 15 14 16
В В В Administrative support/clerical 6 1 22 5 15 3
В В В Service professions/ handlers/cleaners 35 7 34 50 34 25
В В В Machinists/construction/production/
transportation
32 33 14 6 21 22
В В В Farm/agricultural/other workers 8 9 1 2 4 6
Sample Size 2,858 628 4,540 504 7,398 1,132
Source: SIPP March 1996 cross-sectional sample.
Note: All figures are weighted using the 1996 calendar year weight.
a. SIPP contains information on employer-based health insurance coverage only for jobs that were in progress at the time of the interview. Thus, the health insurance figures pertain to jobs held by the March 1996 cross-sectional sample at the time of their wave 1 interviews. These jobs sometimes differed from the jobs they held in March 1996.

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