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UH_ERNHR_B1 is a 5-digit numerical variable with two implied decimals. That is, 12345 should be interpreted as 123.45. The IPUMS command files automatically make the necessary adjustment, so no further adjustment is needed.


Hourly rate - 1982-2009

This variable is topcoded. More information on topcodes can be found here. Topcoded records are indicated by UH_ERNHTF_1.

These string values in the original data have been recoded as follows:

---- => -9999 : Missing
blank => -9999 : Missing
-1blank => -9999 : Missing


UH_ERNHR_B1 is comparable across all available samples.


  • 1982-1993: Those eligible for the earner study and paid by the hour.
  • 1994-2009: Those who are paid at an hourly rate.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1982 – 2009 X X - X X X X X X X X X X