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Wage earner sample, hourly wage lower and upper limits, 1973–2011

Lower Upper
1973 $0.19 $38.06
1974 0.21 41.85
1975 0.23 45.32
1976 0.24 47.90
1977 0.25 50.97
1978 0.27 54.44
1979 0.30 59.68
1980 0.33 66.37
1981 0.36 72.66
1982 0.39 77.10
1983 0.40 80.32
1984 0.42 83.79
1985 0.43 86.77
1986 0.44 88.39
1987 0.46 91.61
1988 0.48 95.40
1989 0.50 100.00
1990 0.53 105.40
1991 0.55 109.84
1992 0.57 113.15
1993 $0.58 $116.53
1994 0.60 119.52
1995 0.61 122.90
1996 0.63 126.53
1997 0.65 129.54
1998 0.66 131.45
1999 0.67 134.35
2000 0.69 138.87
2001 0.71 142.82
2002* 0.70 140.05
2003* 0.72 143.26
2004* 0.74 147.06
2005* 0.76 152.10
2006* 0.78 156.90
2007* 0.81 161.45
2008* 0.84 167.66
2009* 0.84 167.04
2010* 0.85 169.78
2011* 0.88 175.14

* Upper limit adjusted by CPI-U-RS

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

Updated July 19, 2012

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