|Posted by Jerrald J President on December 5, 2018 at 7:55 AM|
"50 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the median wage, which is estimated to be $31,561.49 for 2017". By JJP
Wage Statistics for 2017
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 2017.
Net compensation components for 2017 Compensation subject to Federal income taxes $7,688,538,291,676.52
Net compensation 7,982,655,109,292.13
a Wages on which contributions were paid by 59,178,407 workers.
b Distributions, to the extent included in reported wages (see text above), paid to 59,539 workers.
The "raw" average wage, computed as net compensation divided by the number of wage earners, is $7,982,655,109,292.13 divided by 165,438,239, or $48,251.57. Based on data in the table below, about 67.4 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the $48,251.57 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 $31,561.49 for 2017.