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 3b shows the median weekly wages in 2009 dollars of low-skilled women and men (those with 4 years of high school education, no college) 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 only 4 years of high school education working full-time had median weekly earnings of $556 compared to $497 for similar Non-Hispanic Black women and $495 for similar Hispanic women of any race. Among men working full-time with only 4 years of high school education, median weekly earnings of Non-Hispanic White men were $740 compared to $588 for Non-Hispanic Black men and $594 for Hispanic men of any race.
- Table WORK 3b provides the detailed estimates used for Figure WORK 3b expressed in constant dollars. In 2009, low-skilled Non-Hispanic White women working full-time had the highest average weekly wages among women working full-time with a high school education at $556. This represents a 9.0 percent increase in their median weekly wages between 1995 and 2009. Over the same time period, similar Non-Hispanic Black women experienced a 13.7 percent increase in their median weekly wages while similar Hispanic women of any race experienced an 11.5 percent increase.
- Among low-skilled men working full-time, median weekly wages increased 1.2 percent among Non-Hispanic White men and 5.2 percent among Non-Hispanic Black men between 1995 and 2009. Low-skilled Hispanic men working full-time had a 1.7 percent increase in median weekly wages over the same time period.
Table WORK 3.b. Median Weekly Wages of Women and Men Working Full-Time with 4 Years of High School Education with No College by Race and Ethnicity (2009 Dollars): 1979-2009