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We use the term "wages" to refer to net compensation. Raw average wage data are presented in the table below. Note that an average wage is an average per worker, not an average per job. A change in the latest such average wage over the previous one is multiplied by the last AWI to produce the next AWI. A table showing average and median wage growth is available.

AWI series and underlying data
[Number of workers in thousands; aggregate wage amounts in millions]
Year AWI series a SSA raw data
AWI Increase Prior year
average amount
Current year
Average amount Number of workers Aggregate wages
1984 [see data for prior years] $15,250.75 112,666 $1,718,239
1985 16,822.51 4.26% $15,250.7515,900.51 114,922 1,827,321
1986 17,321.82 2.97% 15,900.51 16,372.45 115,135 1,885,046
1987 18,426.51 6.38% 16,372.4517,416.59 119,557 2,082,269
1988 19,334.04 4.93% 17,416.5918,274.38 122,797 2,244,036
1989 20,099.55 3.96% 18,274.3818,997.93 126,909 2,411,003
1990 21,027.98 4.62% 18,997.93 19,875.47 127,554 2,535,192
1991 b 21,811.60 3.73% 20,172.1120,923.84 126,208 2,640,753
1992 22,935.42 5.15% 20,923.84 22,001.92 127,106 2,796,569
1993 23,132.67 0.86% 22,001.92 22,191.14 128,728 2,856,628
1994 23,753.53 2.68% 22,191.14 22,786.73 130,571 2,975,294
1995 24,705.66 4.01% 22,786.73 23,700.11 134,212 3,180,838
1996 25,913.90 4.89% 23,700.11 24,859.17 136,561 3,394,789
1997 27,426.00 5.84% 24,859.17 26,309.73 139,349 3,666,228
1998 28,861.44 5.23% 26,309.73 27,686.75 141,760 3,924,866
1999 30,469.84 5.57% 27,686.75 29,229.69 145,061 4,240,084
2000 32,154.82 5.53% 29,229.69 30,846.09 148,114 4,568,731
2001 32,921.92 2.39% 30,846.09 31,581.97 148,282 4,683,048
2002 33,252.09 1.00% 31,581.97 31,898.70 148,069 4,723,210
2003 34,064.95 2.44% 31,898.70 32,678.48 147,722 4,827,338
2004 35,648.55 4.65% 32,678.48 34,197.63 149,439 5,110,451
2005 36,952.94 3.66% 34,197.63 35,448.93 151,603 5,374,177
2006 38,651.41 4.60% 35,448.93 37,078.27 153,853 5,704,593
2007 40,405.48 4.54% 37,078.27 38,760.95 155,570 6,030,057
2008 41,334.97 2.30% 38,760.95 39,652.61 155,435 6,163,387
2009 40,711.61 -1.51% 39,652.61 39,054.62 150,918 5,894,035
2010c 41,673.83 2.36% 39,036.67 39,959.30 150,399 6,009,831
2011 42,979.61 3.13% 39,959.30 41,211.36 151,381 6,238,607
2012 44,321.67 3.12% 41,211.36 42,498.21 153,632 6,529,098
a See Actuarial Note 103 for the development of the AWI series prior to 1978 and Actuarial Note 133 for further detail on average wages for 1985-90.
b Data for 1991 and later include contributions to deferred compensation plans. The "prior year average amount" shown in this row includes contributions to deferred compensation plans and was used to calculate the increase in raw average wages from 1990 to 1991 on the same basis (both including deferred compensation contributions) and thus provide a smooth transition in the AWI series.
c The "prior year average amount" shown in this row reflects improvements in the data edits we made for this calculation.