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International Labor Comparisons

International Hourly Compensation Costs for Production Workers in Manufacturing, 1975-2009


In December 2011, BLS discontinued the series International Hourly Compensation Costs for Production Workers in Manufacturing. The latest production worker data are available through 2009. Corresponding data for all employees in manufacturing continue to be updated and are available at

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Table 1. Total Hourly Compensation Costs

(direct pay, social insurance expenditures, and labor-related taxes)

Table 2. Hourly Direct Pay

(wages and directly-paid benefits)

Table 3. Hourly Pay for Time Worked


Table 4. Hourly Direct Benefits

(primarily pay for leave time, bonuses, and pay in kind)

Table 5. Hourly Social Insurance Expenditures and Labor-related Taxes

(legally required, contractual, and private social benefit costs)

Table 6. Structure of Hourly Compensation

Table 7. Exchange Rates


Last Modified Date: January 12, 2012