This report presents data on men’s and women’s earnings at the national, state, and metropolitan levels based on the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS). “Earnings” are defi ned as the sum of wages, salary, and net self-employment income and do not include other income sources such as property income, govern-ment cash transfers, or other types of cash income. Estimates are restricted to full-time, year-round workers 16 years or older. To be considered a “year-round” worker, an individual must have worked 50 or more weeks in the past 12 months, including paid time off for vacation or sick leave. To be considered “full-time” an individual must have worked 35 or more hours per week in the weeks they worked in the past 12 months.
In the 2009 ACS, information on earn-ings was collected between January 2009 and December 2009. Respondents were asked about income from the previous 12 months. As a result, the 2009 ACS refer-ence periods span a total of 23 months (January 2008 to November 2009).
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