Hourly and weekly earnings of private production and nonsupervisory workers, 1947–2011 (2011 dollars)

Real average earnings
Hourly Weekly
1947 $10.67 $428.98
1967 16.79 636.48
1973 18.74 690.63
1979 18.31 651.82
1989 17.17 592.72
1995 17.08 586.44
2000 18.32 628.57
2007 18.91 640.23
2011 19.47 654.87
Annual percent change
1947–1967 2.3% 2.0%
1967–1973 1.9 1.4
1973–1979 -0.4 -1.0
1979–1989 -0.6 -0.9
1989–2000 0.6 0.5
1989–1995 -0.1 -0.2
1995–2000 1.4 1.4
2000–2007 0.5 0.3
2007–2011 0.7 0.6
1979–2011 0.2 -0.1

Note: Private production and nonsupervisory workers account for more than 80 percent of wage and salary employment.

Source: Authors' analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics

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