Earnings and union status
October 30, 2003
In July 2002, average hourly earnings among union workers were $20.65, compared with $16.42 for their nonunion counterparts.
Unionized workers in blue-collar occupations averaged $18.88 per hour, compared with $12.95 for nonunion blue-collar workers. The highest paid blue-collar workers among the major occupational groups were precision production, craft, and repair workers; in this group, union workers had average hourly earnings of $23.05, compared with $16.33 for nonunion workers.
Among service occupations, union workers had average hourly earnings of $16.22, compared with $8.98 for nonunion workers.
In two white-collar major occupational groups, average hourly earnings were higher for nonunion than for union workers. The first was executive, administrative, and managerial occupations, in which nonunion earnings averaged $31.48 per hour, and union earnings averaged $26.73. The second was sales workers, among whom nonunion workers had average hourly earnings of $14.58, compared with $12.78 for their union counterparts.
These data are from the BLS National Compensation Survey program. Union workers are those whose wages are determined through collective bargaining. Learn more in National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, July 2002, Bulletin 2561 (PDF 719K).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Earnings and union status on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/oct/wk4/art04.htm (visited September 25, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.