The median income of men advanced to about $5,600 in 1967, up $330 or 6 percent from the revised figure of about $5,200 from the preceding year.1 However, since consumer prices rose 3 percent between 1966 and 1967 the gain in real purchasing power was approximately 3 percent.2 The median income of nonwhite men was $3,400, up 11 percent from the revised 1966 figure of $3,100. There was also an increase in the median income for white men. There were 108 million income recipients 14 years old and over in 1967—61 million men and 47 million women. About three-fourths of all persons 14 and over were income recipients.
Approximately 61 percent of the civilian male income recipients reported working 50 weeks or more at full-time jobs in 1967. This was about the same proportion as in 1966. The median income of this group in 1967 was $7,300, a 6 percent increase over the revised 1966 figure of about $6,900.
The median income of women in 1967 was $1,800, 9 percent above the revised 1966 figure of about $1,700. The proportion of women receiving income continued to increase, reaching 64 percent in 1967 as compared with 39 percent in 1947. Approximately 32 percent of the female income recipients reported working 50 weeks or more at full-time jobs during 1967. The median income of year-round full-time women workers in 1967 was about $4,300, an 8 percent increase over the revised 1966 figure of about $3,900.
1 Based on revised methodology. The income data in the March 1968 Current Population Survey (CPS) were affected by the changeover to a new computer system and the introduction of improved methods of processing the data. Also, field interviewing procedures were strengthened in the March 1968 CPS. Consequently, data shown in this report are not strictly comparable with prior CPS income data. For example, the percentage change between 1966 and 1967 in median income of persons 14 years old and over based on the revised methodology is 7.9 percent. The comparable percentage change based on the original methodology is 7.3 percent, or a difference of about 1 percentage point. See page 15 this report for further discussion.
2 See Monthly Labor Review, Vol. 91, No. 11, February 1968, table D-1, page 121.
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