CES survey: Monthly
If you want monthly earnings for any one
of about 850 detailed private-sector industries, the
Current Employment Statistics (CES)
survey might be what you’re looking for. This survey
provides average hourly and weekly earnings from the
payrolls of business establishments. It does not collect
data by occupation.
These data show, for example, that the
average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory
workers in the durable goods manufacturing industry were
$18.12 in April 2007, after being seasonally adjusted.
CES data are
comparable from month to month. So, for example, if you
want to see whether earnings of production and
nonsupervisory workers in the leisure and hospitality
industry have been increasing, you would look to this
survey. Its data would show that seasonally adjusted
average weekly earnings increased from $247.30 to $263.42
between April 2006 and April 2007. Monthly data like these
are often used when writing escalation clauses, the terms
in employment contracts that link increases in base pay
with increases in average pay for the broader market.
In addition to national data, earnings for
manufacturing and natural resources and mining industries
also are available by State and for many metropolitan
areas and divisions.
Limitations. The CES
does not collect occupational earnings data. And the
industry earnings data it collects primarily cover
production and nonsupervisory workers. For example, when CES
data show that seasonally adjusted, average hourly
earnings in the retail trade industry were $12.75 in April
2007, this includes nonsupervisory workers, such as retail
sales workers, but does not include supervisory workers,
such as retail sales worker supervisors. In the future,
however, the CES program might
collect earnings data for all employees.
Also excluded from the survey are earnings
data from government establishments and all data from
Get the data. These data are
available in monthly press releases, from an online
form-based query system, and in the BLS
periodical Employment and Earnings. Additional
information may be available from the program office:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Current Employment Statistics
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
Washington, DC 20212
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