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Wage Statistics for 2010

February 10, 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 2010.

Net compensation components for 2010
Compensation subject to Federal income taxes $5,799,538,431,420.40
Deferred compensation plan
   Contributionsa
   Distributionsb

+ 212,364,705,164.50
- 2,072,080,672.79
Net compensation 6,009,831,055,912.11
a Wages on which contributions were paid by 47,852,636 workers.
b Distributions, to the extent included in reported wages (see text above), paid to 59,102 workers.

The "raw" average wage, computed as net compensation divided by the number of wage earners, is $6,009,831,055,912.11 divided by 150,398,796, or $39,959.30. Based on data in the table below, about 66.2 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the $39,959.30 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 $26,363.55 for 2010.

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 24,124,490 24,124,490 16.04035 $48,646,973,007.81 $2,016.50
5,000.00 — 9,999.99 14,029,306 38,153,796 25.36842 103,753,773,866.59 7,395.50
10,000.00 — 14,999.99 12,239,188 50,392,984 33.50624 152,427,728,694.61 12,454.07
15,000.00 — 19,999.99 11,314,730 61,707,714 41.02939 197,591,579,979.58 17,463.22
20,000.00 — 24,999.99 10,711,552 72,419,266 48.15149 240,657,454,356.43 22,467.09
25,000.00 — 29,999.99 9,920,973 82,340,239 54.74794 272,372,689,057.65 27,454.23
30,000.00 — 34,999.99 9,181,734 91,521,973 60.85286 297,856,791,084.05 32,440.15
35,000.00 — 39,999.99 8,123,718 99,645,691 66.25431 304,119,965,262.31 37,436.06
40,000.00 — 44,999.99 7,083,492 106,729,183 70.96412 300,495,102,674.41 42,421.89
45,000.00 — 49,999.99 6,097,608 112,826,791 75.01841 289,248,398,193.81 47,436.37
50,000.00 — 54,999.99 5,261,803 118,088,594 78.51698 275,827,977,102.56 52,420.81
55,000.00 — 59,999.99 4,391,809 122,480,403 81.43709 252,201,137,270.38 57,425.34
60,000.00 — 64,999.99 3,755,285 126,235,688 83.93398 234,345,106,845.96 62,404.08
65,000.00 — 69,999.99 3,152,922 129,388,610 86.03035 212,574,544,714.55 67,421.44
70,000.00 — 74,999.99 2,688,746 132,077,356 87.81809 194,725,012,743.34 72,422.24
75,000.00 — 79,999.99 2,290,214 134,367,570 89.34085 177,309,820,908.13 77,420.63
80,000.00 — 84,999.99 1,932,596 136,300,166 90.62584 159,302,114,025.99 82,429.08
85,000.00 — 89,999.99 1,628,721 137,928,887 91.70877 142,392,656,555.10 87,426.06
90,000.00 — 94,999.99 1,403,871 139,332,758 92.64220 129,742,569,123.36 92,417.73
95,000.00 — 99,999.99 1,210,074 140,542,832 93.44678 117,904,205,038.18 97,435.53
100,000.00 — 104,999.99 1,040,609 141,583,441 94.13868 106,569,974,109.48 102,411.16
105,000.00 — 109,999.99 890,767 142,474,208 94.73095 95,697,619,665.68 107,432.83
110,000.00 — 114,999.99 772,130 143,246,338 95.24434 86,816,591,986.17 112,437.79
115,000.00 — 119,999.99 672,117 143,918,455 95.69123 78,936,296,312.24 117,444.28
120,000.00 — 124,999.99 598,154 144,516,609 96.08894 73,212,549,384.88 122,397.49
125,000.00 — 129,999.99 509,430 145,026,039 96.42766 64,914,648,997.80 127,426.04
130,000.00 — 134,999.99 450,398 145,476,437 96.72713 59,634,801,743.25 132,404.68
135,000.00 — 139,999.99 391,891 145,868,328 96.98770 53,858,115,803.95 137,431.37
140,000.00 — 144,999.99 348,926 146,217,254 97.21970 49,701,898,494.99 142,442.52
145,000.00 — 149,999.99 311,559 146,528,813 97.42685 45,943,416,303.38 147,462.97
150,000.00 — 154,999.99 285,585 146,814,398 97.61674 43,518,448,133.81 152,383.52
155,000.00 — 159,999.99 248,689 147,063,087 97.78209 39,150,566,369.42 157,427.82
160,000.00 — 164,999.99 217,907 147,280,994 97.92698 35,392,486,406.72 162,420.14
165,000.00 — 169,999.99 194,939 147,475,933 98.05659 32,640,763,728.60 167,440.91
170,000.00 — 174,999.99 173,966 147,649,899 98.17226 30,000,284,388.51 172,449.12
175,000.00 — 179,999.99 158,372 147,808,271 98.27756 28,098,893,722.00 177,423.37
180,000.00 — 184,999.99 145,880 147,954,151 98.37456 26,606,092,824.50 182,383.42
185,000.00 — 189,999.99 129,145 148,083,296 98.46043 24,208,233,519.82 187,450.03
190,000.00 — 194,999.99 119,376 148,202,672 98.53980 22,972,949,697.47 192,441.95
195,000.00 — 199,999.99 115,214 148,317,886 98.61641 22,748,330,596.58 197,444.15
200,000.00 — 249,999.99 754,976 149,072,862 99.11839 167,770,686,013.48 222,219.89
250,000.00 — 299,999.99 400,691 149,473,553 99.38481 109,147,681,171.06 272,398.63
300,000.00 — 349,999.99 239,537 149,713,090 99.54407 77,330,214,517.35 322,832.02
350,000.00 — 399,999.99 155,994 149,869,084 99.64780 58,236,608,391.83 373,325.95
400,000.00 — 449,999.99 109,488 149,978,572 99.72059 46,369,580,509.46 423,512.90
450,000.00 — 499,999.99 78,367 150,056,939 99.77270 37,125,440,813.66 473,738.19
500,000.00 — 999,999.99 248,132 150,305,071 99.93768 165,132,665,514.88 665,503.30
1,000,000.00 — 1,499,999.99 47,058 150,352,129 99.96897 56,407,545,099.25 1,198,681.31
1,500,000.00 — 1,999,999.99 17,624 150,369,753 99.98069 30,281,661,733.66 1,718,205.95
2,000,000.00 — 2,499,999.99 8,767 150,378,520 99.98652 19,483,916,134.04 2,222,415.44
2,500,000.00 — 2,999,999.99 5,094 150,383,614 99.98991 13,898,453,753.59 2,728,396.89
3,000,000.00 — 3,499,999.99 3,276 150,386,890 99.99208 10,587,274,867.50 3,231,768.89
3,500,000.00 — 3,999,999.99 2,296 150,389,186 99.99361 8,582,789,583.21 3,738,148.77
4,000,000.00 — 4,499,999.99 1,685 150,390,871 99.99473 7,136,341,859.33 4,235,217.72
4,500,000.00 — 4,999,999.99 1,221 150,392,092 99.99554 5,777,737,172.66 4,731,971.48
5,000,000.00 — 9,999,999.99 4,607 150,396,699 99.99861 31,219,871,728.03 6,776,616.39
10,000,000.00 — 19,999,999.99 1,537 150,398,236 99.99963 20,800,268,400.87 13,533,030.84
20,000,000.00 — 49,999,999.99 479 150,398,715 99.99995 13,975,877,397.41 29,177,197.07
50,000,000.00 and over 81 150,398,796 100.00000 6,447,878,556.79 79,603,438.97

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