Wage growth was stronger in the late 1990s than during the current expansion: Real median wage growth, 1996–2000 and 2015–2019

1996–2000 2015–2019
White men 9.9% 6.6%
Black men 10.3% 5.0%
White women 9.4% 6.4%
Black women 9.2% 4.7%


Note: In order to include data from the first half of 2019, all years refer to the 12-month period ending in June.

Source: Authors’ analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau

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