Largest one-year jump in men’s 95/50 wage ratio on record: Cumulative percent change in real hourly wages for men and year-over-year change in the 95/50 wage ratio, 1973-2015

Year Change in 95/50 wage ratio Cumulative percent change in 50th percentile wage  Cumulative percent change in 95th percentile wage 
1973 0.00% 0.00%
1974 -0.03 -1.02% -2.22%
1975 -0.01 -1.02% -2.81%
1976 0.01 -1.27% -2.67%
1977 0.01 -0.37% -1.16%
1978 -0.06 0.27% -3.06%
1979 0.03 2.13% 0.10%
1980 -0.03 0.56% -2.70%
1981 0.09 -1.53% -0.68%
1982 0.06 -2.27% 1.19%
1983 0.10 -3.60% 4.36%
1984 0.04 -4.06% 5.62%
1985 0.09 -3.14% 10.75%
1986 -0.13 -0.38% 7.82%
1987 0.09 -0.96% 11.23%
1988 0.05 -2.85% 11.42%
1989 -0.05 -5.64% 6.21%
1990 0.05 -7.10% 6.54%
1991 0.03 -7.31% 7.66%
1992 0.04 -8.08% 8.44%
1993 0.07 -8.86% 10.49%
1994 0.05 -10.42% 10.72%
1995 -0.05 -9.07% 10.45%
1996 0.02 -9.68% 10.65%
1997 0.05 -9.11% 13.38%
1998 -0.04 -5.86% 15.54%
1999 0.01 -3.48% 18.83%
2000 0.06 -2.89% 22.12%
2001 0.04 -1.54% 25.48%
2002 0.04 -1.07% 28.04%
2003 0.04 -1.90% 28.70%
2004 0.10 -3.07% 31.46%
2005 -0.02 -3.90% 29.40%
2006 0.01 -4.06% 29.69%
2007 -0.01 -2.47% 31.43%
2008 0.06 -3.03% 33.46%
2009 0.07 -0.34% 40.24%
2010 0.05 -2.92% 38.77%
2011 -0.01 -5.49% 34.61%
2012 0.18 -5.74% 41.90%
2013 -0.01 -6.72% 40.10%
2014 -0.04 -6.99% 37.83%
2015 0.23 -4.60% 51.43%

Note: The xth-percentile wage is the wage at which x% of wage earners earn less and (100-x)% earn more. Sample based on all workers ages 18–64.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

View the underlying data on epi.org.