WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 11) Performance Accountability and Reporting

11.5 Primary Indicators of Performance

11.5.6 Median Earnings

Effective date: August 7, 2017

Definition: The median earnings of program participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program, as established through direct UI wage record match, Federal or military employment records, or supplemental wage information.

How to calculate: Total quarterly earnings, for all participants employed in the second quarter after exit, are collected by either direct wage record match or supplemental wage information. The collected quarterly wage information values are listed in order, from the lowest to the highest value. The value in the middle of this list is the median earnings value.

This indicator includes participants who exit during the report period.

Participants with the following "Other Reasons for Exit" (Exclusions*) are not included:

Data Sources:

For participants who do not have any wages during the 2nd Quarter after Exit, Supplemental data is required to indicate every dollar earned during a quarter.

Table 11.5.1: Example of Median Earning calculation with an even number of participants
Participant Earnings Q2 Post Exit
Allison $100,000.00
Julie $7,000.00
Kathleen $6,500.00
Bryan $.01
This table demonstrates an even number of participants. The median earning is the average of the sum of the middle two numbers. The median is $6,750.
Table 11.5.2: Example of Median Earning calculation with an odd number of participants
Participant Earnings Q2 Post Exit
Allison $100,000.00
Julie $7,000.00
Peter $2,200.00
Kathleen $1,500.00
Bryan $.01
This table demonstrates the median earning for an odd number. The median earning is the middle number. The median value is $2,200.