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Figure 2 shows, for couples with children, median earnings of male partners, female partners and both partners as well as economic family median earnings from 1980 to 2005. The figure shows that since 1980, the earnings of male partners have fallen slightly, from $46,652 in 1980 to $44,150 in 2005. When earnings of the male and female partners are combined, the median earnings of couples rose from $57,334 to $68,341 over the same period (up 19.2%); the difference is due to the increased earnings of the female partners, which rose from $3,633 in 1980 to $20,025 in 2005.
Sources: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2006.