Respondent Cross-Year Detail Earnings

This file contains one record per year for each of 19,626 consenting respondents in the HRS, AHEAD, CODA/War Baby, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and/or 2012 permission sets who received wages during years 1978-2012, and whose records were available in the Master Earnings File (MEF). There are 552291 respondent-earning year-employer records in the file. Information is provided for years 1978 through 2012.

Product Details

Product Type
Social Security Administration (SSA) Data
Entry Cohort Info
Latest Release May 2015 (v4.2)
Version Notes
  • This data set supersedes all previous Respondent Detail Earnings releases.
  • The Social Security Weights file is included in this data distribution set..
Documentation and Links
  1. Earnings records for 1978 and 1979 are incomplete; use with caution.

  2. Geographic information in HRS public release data sets is recoded to Census Division categories. Files derived from SSA administrative data may merged with these data sets, but may not be merged with any data containing geographic identifiers at a level of detail below Census Division. In addition, data sets derived from SSA administrative data may not be merged with any other restricted data set(s) without the explicit written permission of the Health and Retirement Study.