SWA2014-Wages | Table 4.6 | Hourly wages of women, by wage percentile, 1973–2011

Wage by percentile*
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 95
Real hourly wage (2011 dollars)
1973 $6.71 $8.34 $9.39 $10.50 $11.83 $13.31 $15.00 $17.29 $21.38 $25.27
1979 8.14 8.82 9.58 10.68 11.99 13.63 15.18 17.66 21.98 25.98
1989 6.79 8.36 9.68 11.12 12.92 14.77 17.39 20.84 26.16 31.54
1995 7.10 8.46 9.89 11.38 13.07 15.06 17.89 21.86 28.10 34.92
2000 7.83 9.32 10.74 12.44 14.20 16.41 19.44 23.62 31.04 38.13
2007 7.99 9.52 10.96 12.87 14.91 17.33 20.61 25.54 33.62 41.92
2011 7.95 9.25 10.81 12.70 14.89 17.37 20.64 25.29 34.20 43.33
Percent change
1973–1979 21.3% 5.8% 2.1% 1.8% 1.3% 2.4% 1.2% 2.1% 2.8% 2.8%
1979–1989 -16.6 -5.2 1.0 4.1 7.8 8.4 14.6 18.0 19.0 21.4
1989–2000 15.4 11.5 11.0 11.9 9.9 11.2 11.8 13.4 18.7 20.9
1989–1995 4.6 1.2 2.3 2.4 1.1 2.0 2.9 4.9 7.4 10.7
1995–2000 10.4 10.2 8.5 9.3 8.6 9.0 8.7 8.0 10.5 9.2
2000–2007 2.0 2.1 2.1 3.5 5.0 5.6 6.0 8.1 8.3 9.9
2007–2011 -0.4 -2.8 -1.3 -1.3 -0.2 0.2 0.2 -1.0 1.7 3.4
1979–2011 -2.3 4.8 12.9 18.9 24.2 27.5 36.0 43.2 55.6 66.8

* The xth-percentile wage is the wage at which x% of the wage earners earn less and (100-x)% earn more.

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

View the underlying data on epi.org.