Note: Last data point is 2009. Full-time workers usually work 35 hours per week. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race. Beginning in 2002, estimates for Whites and Blacks are for persons reporting a single race only. Due to small sample size, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders are not shown separately.
Source: Current Population Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Figure WORK 3a shows the median weekly wages in 2009 dollars of low-skilled women and men (those with less than 4 years of high school education) working full-time by race and ethnicity for selected years. This measure of low skill is based only on educational attainment and does not take other skills based on work experience, training or other credentials into account.
- In 2009, Non-Hispanic White women with less than a high school education working full-time had median weekly earnings of $378 compared to $391 for similar Non-Hispanic Black women and $355 for similar Hispanic women of any race. Among men working full-time with less than 4 years of high school education, Non-Hispanic White men had median weekly earnings of $504, compared to $453 for Non-Hispanic Black men and $469 for Hispanic men of any race.
- Table WORK 3a provides the detailed estimates used for Figure WORK 3a expressed in constant dollars. In 2009, low-skilled Non-Hispanic Black women working full-time had the highest median weekly wages among women working full-time with less than four years of a high school education at $391. This represents an 8.9 percent increase in their median weekly wages between 1995 and 2009. Over the same time period, similar Non-Hispanic White women experienced a 2.4 percent increase in their median weekly wages while similar Hispanic women of any race experienced an 8.9 percent increase.
- Among low-skilled men working full-time, median weekly wages increased 0.4 percent among Non-Hispanic White men but increased 3.0 percent among Non-Hispanic Black men between 1995 and 2009. Low-skilled Hispanic men working full-time had a 14.7 percent increase in median weekly wages over the same time period.
Table WORK 3.a. Median Weekly Wages of Women and Men Working Full-Time with less than 4 Years of High School Education by Race and Ethnicity (2009 Dollars): 1980-2009
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