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Wage Statistics for 2012

February 6, 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 2012.

Net compensation components for 2012
Compensation subject to Federal income taxes $6,297,781,982,042.81
Deferred compensation plan
   Contributionsa
   Distributionsb

+ 233,158,457,110.85
- 1,842,478,462.91
Net compensation 6,529,097,960,690.75
a Wages on which contributions were paid by 50,466,637 workers.
b Distributions, to the extent included in reported wages (see text above), paid to 55,566 workers.

The "raw" average wage, computed as net compensation divided by the number of wage earners, is $6,529,097,960,690.75 divided by 153,632,290, or $42,498.21. Based on data in the table below, about 67.1 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the $42,498.21 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 $27,519.10 for 2012.

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 23,303,064 23,303,064 15.16808 $47,183,753,407.04 $2,024.79
5,000.00 — 9,999.99 13,839,616 37,142,680 24.17635 102,500,638,297.93 7,406.32
10,000.00 — 14,999.99 12,312,564 49,455,244 32.19066 153,421,129,619.73 12,460.53
15,000.00 — 19,999.99 11,420,589 60,875,833 39.62437 199,398,369,215.82 17,459.55
20,000.00 — 24,999.99 10,798,184 71,674,017 46.65296 242,604,011,694.86 22,467.11
25,000.00 — 29,999.99 10,017,271 81,691,288 53.17325 275,019,343,966.28 27,454.52
30,000.00 — 34,999.99 9,282,086 90,973,374 59.21501 301,162,172,349.52 32,445.53
35,000.00 — 39,999.99 8,317,471 99,290,845 64.62889 311,393,440,479.48 37,438.48
40,000.00 — 44,999.99 7,261,520 106,552,365 69.35545 308,087,495,327.81 42,427.41
45,000.00 — 49,999.99 6,262,046 112,814,411 73.43145 297,046,618,079.65 47,436.03
50,000.00 — 54,999.99 5,437,201 118,251,612 76.97055 285,000,166,908.01 52,416.71
55,000.00 — 59,999.99 4,568,352 122,819,964 79.94411 262,359,915,949.22 57,429.88
60,000.00 — 64,999.99 3,932,564 126,752,528 82.50383 245,421,183,211.26 62,407.42
65,000.00 — 69,999.99 3,331,743 130,084,271 84.67248 224,634,035,978.54 67,422.38
70,000.00 — 74,999.99 2,872,834 132,957,105 86.54242 208,064,761,906.17 72,424.92
75,000.00 — 79,999.99 2,473,508 135,430,613 88.15244 191,516,039,796.28 77,426.89
80,000.00 — 84,999.99 2,097,234 137,527,847 89.51754 172,870,543,883.48 82,427.88
85,000.00 — 89,999.99 1,790,548 139,318,395 90.68302 156,537,324,612.08 87,424.25
90,000.00 — 94,999.99 1,544,850 140,863,245 91.68857 142,776,231,315.99 92,420.77
95,000.00 — 99,999.99 1,338,847 142,202,092 92.56003 130,454,386,174.71 97,437.86
100,000.00 — 104,999.99 1,171,733 143,373,825 93.32272 119,999,937,569.68 102,412.36
105,000.00 — 109,999.99 994,423 144,368,248 93.96999 106,838,496,790.27 107,437.68
110,000.00 — 114,999.99 873,171 145,241,419 94.53834 98,165,459,835.55 112,424.10
115,000.00 — 119,999.99 763,062 146,004,481 95.03502 89,614,007,707.54 117,440.01
120,000.00 — 124,999.99 682,898 146,687,379 95.47952 83,595,323,916.05 122,412.61
125,000.00 — 129,999.99 592,056 147,279,435 95.86490 75,443,210,201.19 127,425.80
130,000.00 — 134,999.99 524,661 147,804,096 96.20640 69,469,980,977.22 132,409.27
135,000.00 — 139,999.99 457,040 148,261,136 96.50389 62,814,075,394.80 137,436.71
140,000.00 — 144,999.99 406,767 148,667,903 96.76866 57,942,508,918.79 142,446.43
145,000.00 — 149,999.99 366,387 149,034,290 97.00714 54,028,568,606.42 147,463.12
150,000.00 — 154,999.99 334,544 149,368,834 97.22490 50,980,836,341.18 152,389.03
155,000.00 — 159,999.99 289,242 149,658,076 97.41316 45,533,883,998.04 157,424.87
160,000.00 — 164,999.99 254,482 149,912,558 97.57881 41,334,132,311.83 162,424.58
165,000.00 — 169,999.99 228,916 150,141,474 97.72781 38,330,391,364.45 167,443.04
170,000.00 — 174,999.99 205,305 150,346,779 97.86145 35,404,476,536.04 172,448.19
175,000.00 — 179,999.99 187,519 150,534,298 97.98350 33,271,769,049.44 177,431.46
180,000.00 — 184,999.99 172,973 150,707,271 98.09609 31,549,655,376.24 182,396.42
185,000.00 — 189,999.99 152,840 150,860,111 98.19558 28,649,912,185.05 187,450.35
190,000.00 — 194,999.99 141,392 151,001,503 98.28761 27,211,154,312.32 192,451.87
195,000.00 — 199,999.99 132,632 151,134,135 98.37394 26,190,609,342.00 197,468.25
200,000.00 — 249,999.99 889,250 152,023,385 98.95276 197,428,650,390.97 222,017.04
250,000.00 — 299,999.99 481,491 152,504,876 99.26616 131,099,976,147.45 272,279.18
300,000.00 — 349,999.99 288,002 152,792,878 99.45362 92,998,527,035.45 322,909.31
350,000.00 — 399,999.99 188,850 152,981,728 99.57655 70,493,610,753.02 373,278.32
400,000.00 — 449,999.99 131,391 153,113,119 99.66207 55,633,820,317.14 423,421.85
450,000.00 — 499,999.99 94,663 153,207,782 99.72369 44,855,858,825.15 473,847.85
500,000.00 — 999,999.99 305,108 153,512,890 99.92228 203,304,014,055.67 666,334.59
1,000,000.00 — 1,499,999.99 59,767 153,572,657 99.96118 71,691,398,838.14 1,199,514.76
1,500,000.00 — 1,999,999.99 21,919 153,594,576 99.97545 37,655,292,524.30 1,717,929.31
2,000,000.00 — 2,499,999.99 10,981 153,605,557 99.98260 24,423,801,656.70 2,224,187.38
2,500,000.00 — 2,999,999.99 6,569 153,612,126 99.98688 17,941,046,566.02 2,731,168.60
3,000,000.00 — 3,499,999.99 4,401 153,616,527 99.98974 14,219,111,245.40 3,230,881.90
3,500,000.00 — 3,999,999.99 2,951 153,619,478 99.99166 11,015,715,508.28 3,732,875.47
4,000,000.00 — 4,499,999.99 2,176 153,621,654 99.99308 9,207,611,931.02 4,231,439.31
4,500,000.00 — 4,999,999.99 1,654 153,623,308 99.99415 7,835,992,842.95 4,737,601.48
5,000,000.00 — 9,999,999.99 6,067 153,629,375 99.99810 41,153,891,735.77 6,783,235.82
10,000,000.00 — 19,999,999.99 2,021 153,631,396 99.99942 27,309,707,840.18 13,512,967.76
20,000,000.00 — 49,999,999.99 728 153,632,124 99.99989 20,832,426,527.70 28,615,970.51
50,000,000.00 and over 166 153,632,290 100.00000 16,177,553,041.48 97,455,138.80

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