The Average Salary of a 21-Year-Old

Young earners in the 20-to-24-year-old age range earned a median salary of $446 a week in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries vary, of course, and are reported by age group. Median salaries for young workers tend to increase steadily as they advance into their 30s and 40s.

Current Population Survey

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the Department of Labor, regularly analyzes data from the Census Bureaus's Current Population Survey to develop statistics on the U.S. workforce. BLS reports include data on earnings according to a worker's age, gender, race, education level and other criteria.

Median Weekly Earnings

The population survey for the third quarter of 2010 show men (averaged over all age groups) earning a median salary of $813 a week, and women (averaged over all age groups) with a salary of $662 a week.

Earnings by Age Group

Workers in the 20-to-24-year-old age group typically had weekly earnings of $449 for men and $442 for women. This is a substantial increase from the 16-to-19-year-old age group, with median earnings of $335 per week. Workers in the 50-to-54-year-old age group had the highest overall earnings of $941 per week for men and $729 per week for women.

Part-Time Workers

Workers in the 20-to-24-year-old age group who worked part-time had median wages of $178 per week.