Manufacturing compensation costs in foreign countries and U.S., 2009
March 10, 2011
In 2009, manufacturing hourly compensation costs in the United States were lower than in 12 European countries and Australia, but higher than in 20 other countries.
U.S. hourly compensation costs rose about 4 percent from the previous year to $33.53.
The 8 countries with the highest costs in Europe were 30-60 percent higher than the U.S. level, but costs in Canada and Japan were about 10 percent lower than the United States.
These data are from the International Labor Comparisons program. To learn more, see "International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2009," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-11-0303.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Manufacturing compensation costs in foreign countries and U.S., 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110310.htm (visited March 29, 2015).
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