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Wage Statistics for 2006

February 6, 2016
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Development of the AWI

The national average wage index (AWI) is based on compensation (wages, tips, and the like) subject to Federal income taxes, as reported by employers on Forms W-2. Beginning with the AWI for 1991, compensation includes contributions to deferred compensation plans, but excludes certain distributions from plans where the distributions are included in the reported compensation subject to income taxes. We call the result of including contributions, and excluding certain distributions, net compensation. The table below summarizes the components of net compensation for 2006.

Net compensation components for 2006
Compensation subject to Federal income taxes $5,504,411,170,970.31
Deferred compensation plan
   Contributionsa
   Distributionsb

+ 201,842,208,022.83
- 1,659,947,378.61
Net compensation 5,704,593,431,614.53
a Wages on which contributions were paid by 46,845,935 workers.
b Distributions, to the extent included in reported wages (see text above), paid to 73,770 workers.

The "raw" average wage, computed as net compensation divided by the number of wage earners, is $5,704,593,431,614.53 divided by 153,852,734, or $37,078.27. Based on data in the table below, about 66.2 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the $37,078.27 raw average wage. By definition, 50 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the median wage, which is estimated to be $24,891.59 for 2006.

Distribution of wage earners by level of net compensation
Wage earnersNet compensation
Net compensation interval NumberCumulative
number
Percent
of total
Aggregate amountAverage amount
$0.01 — 4,999.99 25,600,469 25,600,469 16.63959 $52,355,067,500.69 $2,045.08
5,000.00 — 9,999.99 14,735,008 40,335,477 26.21694 108,774,109,947.88 7,382.02
10,000.00 — 14,999.99 12,805,934 53,141,411 34.54044 159,422,884,337.50 12,449.14
15,000.00 — 19,999.99 12,213,200 65,354,611 42.47868 213,550,531,488.46 17,485.22
20,000.00 — 24,999.99 11,818,074 77,172,685 50.16010 265,541,011,708.56 22,469.06
25,000.00 — 29,999.99 10,942,145 88,114,830 57.27219 300,397,551,691.62 27,453.26
30,000.00 — 34,999.99 9,926,055 98,040,885 63.72385 321,908,559,336.14 32,430.66
35,000.00 — 39,999.99 8,671,127 106,712,012 69.35984 324,508,701,609.42 37,424.05
40,000.00 — 44,999.99 7,373,254 114,085,266 74.15225 312,751,148,935.10 42,416.98
45,000.00 — 49,999.99 6,180,108 120,265,374 78.16915 293,081,037,281.43 47,423.29
50,000.00 — 54,999.99 5,164,162 125,429,536 81.52571 270,620,142,434.13 52,403.50
55,000.00 — 59,999.99 4,210,607 129,640,143 84.26249 241,763,246,540.49 57,417.67
60,000.00 — 64,999.99 3,553,065 133,193,208 86.57188 221,714,178,622.14 62,400.82
65,000.00 — 69,999.99 2,941,999 136,135,207 88.48410 198,315,248,944.71 67,408.33
70,000.00 — 74,999.99 2,447,183 138,582,390 90.07470 177,195,663,692.39 72,408.02
75,000.00 — 79,999.99 2,034,752 140,617,142 91.39723 157,517,206,199.45 77,413.47
80,000.00 — 84,999.99 1,689,225 142,306,367 92.49518 139,220,427,542.49 82,416.75
85,000.00 — 89,999.99 1,406,346 143,712,713 93.40927 122,939,315,314.71 87,417.55
90,000.00 — 94,999.99 1,199,463 144,912,176 94.18889 110,847,458,984.74 92,414.24
95,000.00 — 99,999.99 1,014,855 145,927,031 94.84851 98,876,912,092.88 97,429.60
100,000.00 — 104,999.99 872,744 146,799,775 95.41577 89,368,349,411.94 102,399.27
105,000.00 — 109,999.99 723,282 147,523,057 95.88589 77,696,776,875.07 107,422.52
110,000.00 — 114,999.99 614,808 148,137,865 96.28549 69,117,269,060.39 112,420.90
115,000.00 — 119,999.99 529,050 148,666,915 96.62936 62,126,699,856.25 117,430.68
120,000.00 — 124,999.99 464,309 149,131,224 96.93115 56,821,016,910.31 122,377.59
125,000.00 — 129,999.99 393,341 149,524,565 97.18681 50,118,419,458.89 127,417.23
130,000.00 — 134,999.99 348,498 149,873,063 97.41332 46,141,844,450.43 132,402.04
135,000.00 — 139,999.99 305,126 150,178,189 97.61165 41,933,164,186.25 137,429.01
140,000.00 — 144,999.99 269,012 150,447,201 97.78650 38,313,988,010.96 142,424.83
145,000.00 — 149,999.99 236,149 150,683,350 97.93999 34,822,024,298.80 147,457.85
150,000.00 — 154,999.99 214,606 150,897,956 98.07948 32,695,431,674.63 152,350.97
155,000.00 — 159,999.99 189,031 151,086,987 98.20234 29,758,722,894.63 157,427.74
160,000.00 — 164,999.99 169,540 151,256,527 98.31254 27,532,376,446.98 162,394.58
165,000.00 — 169,999.99 151,578 151,408,105 98.41106 25,381,138,058.66 167,446.05
170,000.00 — 174,999.99 137,920 151,546,025 98.50070 23,782,100,352.87 172,434.02
175,000.00 — 179,999.99 129,770 151,675,795 98.58505 23,017,372,632.98 177,370.52
180,000.00 — 184,999.99 117,556 151,793,351 98.66146 21,437,811,318.62 182,362.54
185,000.00 — 189,999.99 102,646 151,895,997 98.72818 19,239,826,400.99 187,438.64
190,000.00 — 194,999.99 95,724 151,991,721 98.79039 18,421,649,144.79 192,445.46
195,000.00 — 199,999.99 90,240 152,081,961 98.84905 17,820,057,685.72 197,474.04
200,000.00 — 249,999.99 624,776 152,706,737 99.25513 138,685,096,142.42 221,975.71
250,000.00 — 299,999.99 328,791 153,035,528 99.46884 89,614,736,646.81 272,558.36
300,000.00 — 349,999.99 201,924 153,237,452 99.60008 65,194,619,442.91 322,867.12
350,000.00 — 399,999.99 133,314 153,370,766 99.68673 49,770,990,623.26 373,336.56
400,000.00 — 449,999.99 93,670 153,464,436 99.74762 39,654,226,650.67 423,339.67
450,000.00 — 499,999.99 68,034 153,532,470 99.79184 32,231,744,473.88 473,759.36
500,000.00 — 999,999.99 225,173 153,757,643 99.93819 150,610,234,730.51 668,864.54
1,000,000.00 — 1,499,999.99 45,976 153,803,619 99.96808 55,292,348,467.93 1,202,635.04
1,500,000.00 — 1,999,999.99 17,718 153,821,337 99.97959 30,408,093,498.63 1,716,226.07
2,000,000.00 — 2,499,999.99 9,243 153,830,580 99.98560 20,556,291,320.07 2,223,984.78
2,500,000.00 — 2,999,999.99 5,384 153,835,964 99.98910 14,707,106,013.83 2,731,631.87
3,000,000.00 — 3,499,999.99 3,550 153,839,514 99.99141 11,468,535,124.77 3,230,573.27
3,500,000.00 — 3,999,999.99 2,503 153,842,017 99.99303 9,359,512,602.03 3,739,317.86
4,000,000.00 — 4,499,999.99 1,814 153,843,831 99.99421 7,690,319,909.97 4,239,426.63
4,500,000.00 — 4,999,999.99 1,305 153,845,136 99.99506 6,183,113,275.47 4,738,017.84
5,000,000.00 — 9,999,999.99 5,162 153,850,298 99.99842 34,834,525,444.51 6,748,261.42
10,000,000.00 — 19,999,999.99 1,729 153,852,027 99.99954 23,396,975,319.25 13,532,085.20
20,000,000.00 — 49,999,999.99 581 153,852,608 99.99992 16,848,593,135.91 28,999,299.72
50,000,000.00 and over 126 153,852,734 100.00000 11,239,925,456.61 89,205,757.59

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