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Figure 2
Median earnings, in 2005 constant dollars, of male and female couples with children,1,2,3 Canada, 1980 to 2005

Figure 2 Median earnings, in 2005 constant dollars, of male and female couples with children, Canada, 1980 to 2005

Notes:

  1. For all male and female couples with children, all male partners have been identified and their median earnings have been calculated. As well, all female partners have been identified and their median earnings have been calculated. For all male and female partners identified, their earnings have been combined and their median earnings have been calculated. Economic family median earnings differed from the combined male and female partner median earnings when there are other earners in the economic family.
  2. Only male and female couples of working age are included, that is, couples where at least one partner is aged 15 to 64.
  3. Same-sex couples with children are excluded.
Sources: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2006.

Description

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.