Rising wage inequality, 2003–13

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Economics Daily, October 8, 2015

Rising wage inequality in recent years has brought increased focus on the disparity between the highest wage earners and the lowest wage earners. From 2003 to 2013, real or inflation-adjusted annual wages for the highest-paid 10 percent of workers (wages at or above the 90th percentile) increased 4.6 percent, while those for the lowest-paid 10 percent decreased 2.2 percent.