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Section 3: Factors Related to Work Disability

3.1. What are the median earnings of working people by disability status?

Working people with disabilities have much lower median monthly earnings than workers with no work disability. In 1994-1995 the median monthly earnings of men with no disabilities was $2,190; men with non-severe disabilities earned $1,857; and men with severe disabilities earned $1,262. The median monthly earnings for women with and without disabilities consistently was significantly lower than that of men. Women with no disabilities earned $1,470; with non-severe disabilities, $1,200 and with severe disabilities, $1,000.

For both men and women, median monthly earnings are lower for people with a disability, and even lower for those with a severe disability.

Bar graph showing median monthly earnings of men and women, broken down into those with no disability, a non-severe disability, or a severe disability.

Figure 14: Median monthly earnings, by disability status and gender, 21-64 years

Source: McNeil (1997) Americans With Disabilities: 1994-95; U.S. Bureau of the Census Website

Surveys: SIPP, 1994-95

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