December 27, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Manufacturing compensation costs in foreign countries and in the United States, 2010

Hourly compensation costs in manufacturing, U.S. dollars, selected countries, 2010
Country Hourly compensation cost

Norway

$57.53

Switzerland

53.20

Belgium

50.70

Denmark

45.48

Sweden

43.81

Germany

43.76

Finland

42.30

Austria

41.07

Netherlands

40.92

Australia

40.60

France

40.55

Ireland

36.30

Canada

35.67

United States

34.74

Italy

33.41

Japan

31.99

United Kingdom

29.44

Spain

26.60

Singapore

19.10

Republic of Korea

16.62

Argentina

12.66

Brazil

10.08

These data are featured in the TED article, Manufacturing compensation costs in foreign countries and in the United States, 2010.

 

Benefit components of hourly compensation costs as a percent of total compensation, social insurance and directly-paid benefits, selected countries, 2010
Country Precent of total
Social insurance(1) Directly-paid benefits(2)

Sweden

33.0 10.4

Belgium

32.3 20.3

Brazil

32.1 14.2

France

31.9 16.2

Italy

28.6 14.6

Czech Republic

27.3 13.4

Spain

25.9 19.4

Austria

25.7 21.5

United States

24.4 8.5

Canada

22.5 9.6

Germany

21.8 19.3

Australia

20.2 9.5

Japan

17.8 24.9

Argentina

17.4 14.0

Singapore

16.1 17.5

Switzerland

15.5 20.1

United Kingdom

14.9 13.2

Ireland

12.0 15.5

Philippines

9.5 16.3

New Zealand

3.2 12.7

Footnotes:
(1) Social insurance includes labor-related taxes net of subsidies.
(2) Directly-paid benefits are primarily pay for leave time, bonuses, and pay in kind.

These data are featured in the TED article, Manufacturing compensation costs in foreign countries and in the United States, 2010.