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Millennials are often lumped together as victims of bad economic times, but they actually have vast wage disparities — and some are doing just fine.

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Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Interactive: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

By the numbers: The median wage for statisticians and financial analysts — both of which have high concentrations of older millennials — is $84,000 a year. That's significantly more than the hundreds of thousands of slightly younger millennials working as cashiers with a median income of $21,000.

  • The youngest job paying above the $37,700 median income of all occupations is technicians in the life, fitness and social sciences, with a median age of 35 years.
  • Almost half of financial analysts, event planners and market analysts are millennials, and they also make at least $10,000 above median income.
  • Physician assistant is the highest-paid occupation with a heavy concentration of millennials with $104,900 median salary. It is also one of the top 5 fastest growing jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
  • Many millennials have turned to waitering or bartending — at least for now, but those jobs offer some of the lowest wages at a median salary of around $21,000 a year.

The bottom line: Many of the jobs in the upper right corner of the chart above are disproportionately older people, white people and men, according to BLS data.

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Rep. Stephanie Murphy. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is planning to announce a campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in early June, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Murphy is a proven fundraiser. Jumping in now would give her an early start to build her case for the Democratic nomination and potentially force Rubio and allied GOP groups to spend heavily to retain a seat in a state that’s trending Republican.

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Why it matters: This is a sign of how serious the negotiations are, they say. In advance of the meeting, some of the senators are already publicly signaling the areas in which they have flexibility.

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While Republicans are giddy about their chances for regaining the House next year, GOP prospects for taking the Senate remain more uncertain, data reviewed by Axios suggests.

By the numbers: At least five Republican senators are retiring after the midterms, and four of their seats are in battleground states. That makes a simple Republican-for-Republican election exchange all the more difficult.