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Earnings of Women Aged 20–59, by Age Group and Race/Ethnicity, 2018–2019

Released: June 2021

DEFINITION: Earnings consist of all wages, salaries, and self-employment income in covered and noncovered employment, including earnings that exceed the annual taxable maximum.

Chart. Title: Women's Real Median Annual Earnings, 2018-2019 (in 2020 Dollars). Bar chart with tabular version below.
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Table equivalent for chart: Real Median Annual Earnings of Women Aged 20–59, by Age Group and Race/Ethnicity, 2018–2019 (in 2020 dollars)
Age group White, not Hispanic Black, not Hispanic Hispanic Asian
20–29 26,243 20,436 22,672 29,284
30–39 41,431 31,217 31,251 51,191
40–49 45,139 38,093 31,449 53,654
50–59 42,802 37,318 29,819 36,268

In the 2-year period 2018–2019:

  • For the 20–29 age group, the real median annual earnings of:
    • White, non-Hispanic women were 28% higher than Black, non-Hispanic women and 16% higher than Hispanic women.
    • Asian women were 43% higher than Black, non-Hispanic women and 29% higher than Hispanic women.
  • For the 50–59 age group, the real median annual earnings of:
    • White, non-Hispanic women were 15% higher than Black, non-Hispanic women and 44% higher than Hispanic women.
    • Asian women were 3% lower than Black, non-Hispanic women and 22% higher than Hispanic women.

SOURCE: Social Security Administration (SSA) calculations using SSA earnings data linked to Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement public-use files.

NOTES: Earnings are indexed to 2020 values based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

Includes workers with annual earnings equal to or greater than one earnings credit. In 2020 dollars, the earnings required to earn a single credit were $1,360 in 2018 and $1,375 in 2019.

Real median earnings are shown for the 2-year period 2018–2019 to reduce annual variability that can occur when sampling relatively small demographic groups.