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Earnings data from BLS: What we have and how to find it 

Need earnings information in a flash? Here’s where to get it.

Earnings data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal who makes what in the workplace. These data help employers set wages and help workers negotiate pay. And for many people, earnings information can be a deciding factor when choosing an occupation. No wonder, then, that questions about earnings are among those most frequently asked of BLS.

And they’ve come to the right place: BLS has more earnings data than any other Government agency. In fact, BLS has so much information on the subject that people might need help figuring out what is available where.

This article describes five BLS programs and the types of earnings data they provide. Key distinctions are highlighted in a table. You also have a chance to check your earnings know-how by taking a quiz.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2007