Respondent Summary Earnings File Updated for 2008 (Restricted)

October 29, 2010

Version 3.0 of the Respondent Cross-Year Summary Earnings data set is now available. This restricted data product contains contains 1951-2007 annual earnings data for 21,633 respondents based on the most recent information received for each respondent. When information is available for an individual respondent at two or more points in time, the most recent earnings value was used.


  • Geographic information in HRS public release data sets is recoded to Census Division categories. Files derived from SSA administrative data may be 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.
  • Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for full information on the restricted data merge status of these data sets.