Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers and Their Labor Market Experiences: Evidence from the Mid- to Late 1990s. Table D.4. Growth In Real Hourly Wages Over Three Years, By Worker Type

04/30/2004

Table D.4.
Growth In Real Hourly Wages Over Three Years, By Worker Type
В Low Wage Workers Medium Wage Workers High Wage Workers
Males Females Males Females Males Females
Percentage Employed in Both Periods(a) 82 74 92 85 93 87
Percentage Whose Wages:
В В В Increased 78 81 68 73 59 54
В В В Decreased 22 20 32 28 41 46
Percentage Change in Wages
В В В More than 50 percent 26 20 17 13 9 13
В В В 26 to 50 percent 21 22 18 15 9 14
В В В 11 to 25 percent 17 21 18 23 18 12
В В В 1 to 10 percent 14 17 15 22 23 19
В В В -1 to -10 percent 9 9 12 11 16 15
В В В -11 to -25 percent 6 6 9 8 11 11
В В В -26 to -50 percent 3 2 8 6 6 12
В В В Less than -50 percent 4 2 3 3 8 8
Change in Real Wages Over Time (in Dollars)
В В В More than $5.00 14 9 16 12 17 22
В В В $2.51 to $5.00 21 15 22 19 14 12
В В В $1.01 to $2.50 21 29 16 21 13 8
В В В $0 to $1.00 21 27 15 21 14 12
В В В $0 to -$1.00 11 11 11 10 7 7
В В В -$1.01 to -$2.50 6 6 7 8 8 8
В В В -$2.51 to -$5.00 3 2 9 6 11 12
В В В Less than -$5.00 3 2 5 4 16 20
Percentage Whose Job Was:
В В В Low wage 47 60 14 13 5 9
В В В Medium wage 48 38 62 69 20 24
В В В High wage 5 2 23 18 75 67
Sample Size 460 to 481 636 to 693 529 to 641 409 to 420 256 to 270 121 to 126
Source: 1996 SIPP longitudinal file using workers who started low-wage jobs within six months after the start of the panel period.
Note: All figures were calculated using the longitudinal panel weight.
a. Refers to the average wages during period 1, the first six-month wage average after the base period used to categorize workers into wage type, and the average six-month wage three years later.

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