SOI Tax Stats - Individual Information Return Form W-2 Statistics: Current Article and Prior Data Releases and Articles


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This page contains current and past articles on Form W-2 data, as well as past data releases.

Current article on Form W-2 data:

Wage Income and Elective Retirement Contributions from Form W-2, 2008–2010PDF

Prior data releases and articles on Form W-2 data:

Data on Salaries and Wages and Business Income, by Gender, Tax Year 2009PDF

This table contains IRS data classified by gender and size of adjusted gross income (AGI). The data presented are for tax year 2009 and cover: (1) AGI reported on all returns; (2) salaries and wages (distinguishing men and women) as reported on Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement); and, (3) the aggregate business income (distinguishing men and women) subject to self-employment tax as reported on Schedule SE (Self-Employment Tax). The business income data include net earnings from sole proprietorships as reported on Schedule C (Profit or Loss from Business), net earnings from farm proprietorships as reported on Schedule F (Profit or Loss from Farming), self-employment income of general and/or limited partners of partnerships, and net earnings for ministers and members of religious orders. Also, included is a break-out between joint and non-joint returns.

Comparing Salaries and Wages of Women Shown on Forms W-2 to Those of Men, 1969–1999PDF

Article by Ellen Yau, Kurt Gurka, and Peter Sailer, SOI


From 1969 to 1999 there was a steady increase in the proportion of the salaried workforce represented by women.

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Income by Gender and Age from Information Returns, 1998PDF

Article by Peter Sailer, Ellen Yau, and Victor Rehula, SOI


For tax year 1998, U.S. taxpayers earned a total of $3.73 trillion in salaries and wages, as reported on Forms W-2 associated with their returns. Of this amount, $2.42 trillion (or 65 percent) were earned by men. 

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