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Wage Statistics for 2011

February 14, 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 2011.

Net compensation components for 2011
Compensation subject to Federal income taxes $6,018,898,816,536.09
Deferred compensation plan
   Contributionsa
   Distributionsb

+ 221,406,548,587.99
- 1,698,115,182.82
Net compensation 6,238,607,249,941.26
a Wages on which contributions were paid by 49,034,358 workers.
b Distributions, to the extent included in reported wages (see text above), paid to 55,262 workers.

The "raw" average wage, computed as net compensation divided by the number of wage earners, is $6,238,607,249,941.26 divided by 151,380,749, or $41,211.36. Based on data in the table below, about 66.6 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the $41,211.36 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 $26,965.43 for 2011.

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 23,548,858 23,548,858 15.55605 $47,555,114,507.09 $2,019.42
5,000.00 — 9,999.99 13,849,317 37,398,175 24.70471 102,498,069,431.92 7,400.95
10,000.00 — 14,999.99 12,248,261 49,646,436 32.79574 152,584,757,819.80 12,457.67
15,000.00 — 19,999.99 11,331,564 60,978,000 40.28121 197,866,824,752.72 17,461.56
20,000.00 — 24,999.99 10,719,626 71,697,626 47.36245 240,836,786,906.74 22,466.90
25,000.00 — 29,999.99 9,925,624 81,623,250 53.91917 272,509,406,254.02 27,455.14
30,000.00 — 34,999.99 9,183,235 90,806,485 59.98549 297,916,367,842.65 32,441.33
35,000.00 — 39,999.99 8,177,245 98,983,730 65.38726 306,124,476,446.16 37,436.14
40,000.00 — 44,999.99 7,118,374 106,102,104 70.08956 301,997,837,348.09 42,425.12
45,000.00 — 49,999.99 6,156,216 112,258,320 74.15627 292,029,487,834.18 47,436.52
50,000.00 — 54,999.99 5,325,632 117,583,952 77.67431 279,168,814,446.73 52,419.85
55,000.00 — 59,999.99 4,460,061 122,044,013 80.62056 256,131,662,435.93 57,427.84
60,000.00 — 64,999.99 3,823,536 125,867,549 83.14634 238,609,328,987.88 62,405.41
65,000.00 — 69,999.99 3,227,533 129,095,082 85.27840 217,605,428,055.26 67,421.60
70,000.00 — 74,999.99 2,768,308 131,863,390 87.10711 200,490,688,675.02 72,423.55
75,000.00 — 79,999.99 2,370,646 134,234,036 88.67312 183,541,626,714.98 77,422.62
80,000.00 — 84,999.99 2,006,420 136,240,456 89.99853 165,400,359,612.62 82,435.56
85,000.00 — 89,999.99 1,698,990 137,939,446 91.12086 148,538,519,291.58 87,427.54
90,000.00 — 94,999.99 1,473,961 139,413,407 92.09454 136,224,554,972.27 92,420.73
95,000.00 — 99,999.99 1,274,459 140,687,866 92.93643 124,189,841,568.99 97,445.14
100,000.00 — 104,999.99 1,101,965 141,789,831 93.66437 112,859,380,474.37 102,416.48
105,000.00 — 109,999.99 945,576 142,735,407 94.28901 101,587,134,032.16 107,434.13
110,000.00 — 114,999.99 823,228 143,558,635 94.83282 92,559,516,383.21 112,434.85
115,000.00 — 119,999.99 720,769 144,279,404 95.30895 84,646,700,882.11 117,439.43
120,000.00 — 124,999.99 645,555 144,924,959 95.73540 79,019,898,407.25 122,406.14
125,000.00 — 129,999.99 552,570 145,477,529 96.10042 70,413,929,951.94 127,429.88
130,000.00 — 134,999.99 491,706 145,969,235 96.42523 65,104,923,367.06 132,406.20
135,000.00 — 139,999.99 426,915 146,396,150 96.70724 58,671,777,324.86 137,431.99
140,000.00 — 144,999.99 379,410 146,775,560 96.95788 54,045,677,922.33 142,446.64
145,000.00 — 149,999.99 341,470 147,117,030 97.18345 50,354,465,169.67 147,463.80
150,000.00 — 154,999.99 311,597 147,428,627 97.38928 47,483,615,455.37 152,387.91
155,000.00 — 159,999.99 271,033 147,699,660 97.56832 42,668,033,036.40 157,427.45
160,000.00 — 164,999.99 239,889 147,939,549 97.72679 38,963,331,999.21 162,422.34
165,000.00 — 169,999.99 215,228 148,154,777 97.86897 36,039,576,037.98 167,448.36
170,000.00 — 174,999.99 191,181 148,345,958 97.99526 32,968,717,068.63 172,447.67
175,000.00 — 179,999.99 174,384 148,520,342 98.11046 30,942,065,912.58 177,436.38
180,000.00 — 184,999.99 160,874 148,681,216 98.21673 29,343,022,886.39 182,397.55
185,000.00 — 189,999.99 143,334 148,824,550 98.31141 26,867,809,248.41 187,448.96
190,000.00 — 194,999.99 132,252 148,956,802 98.39877 25,451,282,084.67 192,445.35
195,000.00 — 199,999.99 125,329 149,082,131 98.48157 24,746,199,321.06 197,449.91
200,000.00 — 249,999.99 830,393 149,912,524 99.03011 184,479,893,702.61 222,159.74
250,000.00 — 299,999.99 442,737 150,355,261 99.32258 120,618,956,459.65 272,439.30
300,000.00 — 349,999.99 265,254 150,620,515 99.49780 85,653,506,840.57 322,911.27
350,000.00 — 399,999.99 174,468 150,794,983 99.61305 65,134,613,852.76 373,332.72
400,000.00 — 449,999.99 121,258 150,916,241 99.69315 51,345,384,043.70 423,439.15
450,000.00 — 499,999.99 87,229 151,003,470 99.75077 41,318,211,837.40 473,675.17
500,000.00 — 999,999.99 274,585 151,278,055 99.93216 182,637,313,702.19 665,139.44
1,000,000.00 — 1,499,999.99 52,135 151,330,190 99.96660 62,473,242,841.03 1,198,297.55
1,500,000.00 — 1,999,999.99 18,937 151,349,127 99.97911 32,491,871,564.74 1,715,787.69
2,000,000.00 — 2,499,999.99 9,471 151,358,598 99.98537 21,044,463,444.75 2,221,989.59
2,500,000.00 — 2,999,999.99 5,587 151,364,185 99.98906 15,236,614,849.48 2,727,154.98
3,000,000.00 — 3,499,999.99 3,784 151,367,969 99.99156 12,221,902,623.40 3,229,889.70
3,500,000.00 — 3,999,999.99 2,535 151,370,504 99.99323 9,472,346,036.31 3,736,625.66
4,000,000.00 — 4,499,999.99 1,796 151,372,300 99.99442 7,613,277,092.90 4,239,018.43
4,500,000.00 — 4,999,999.99 1,367 151,373,667 99.99532 6,481,046,808.42 4,741,073.01
5,000,000.00 — 9,999,999.99 5,033 151,378,700 99.99865 34,167,628,514.33 6,788,720.15
10,000,000.00 — 19,999,999.99 1,550 151,380,250 99.99967 20,805,612,524.67 13,422,975.82
20,000,000.00 — 49,999,999.99 406 151,380,656 99.99994 11,434,484,063.33 28,163,753.85
50,000,000.00 and over 93 151,380,749 100.00000 7,419,868,268.73 79,783,529.77

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