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Income of Persons in the United States: 1953

Report Number P60-16

The median (average) income of men continued to rise during 1953 while that of women remained about the same as during the previous year, according to estimates released today by Robert W. Burgess, Director, Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. The median income of men with money incomes in 1953 was estimated at $3,200, about $100 or 4 percent greater than in 1952. The median income of women was estimated at about $1,200 in both years.

Among men, income was up in most nonfarm occupation groups, in spite of the rise in unemployment in late 1953 and some reductions in overtime from the previous year. Actually, workers in general had greater continuity of employment in 1953 than a year earlier when the steel dispute slowed business activity for several months.Moreover, wage rates continued to rise in most industries. The largest relative gains in annual income (10 percent or more) were reported by male service workers, skilled craftsmen, and clerical workers. Managerial workers, salaried professional workers, semiskilled operatives, and nonfarm laborers experienced increases of between 5 and 9 percent.

1 For further details, see U. S. Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P-50, No. 54, "Work Experience of the Population in 1953."

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