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PAY & BENEFITS   •  May 2020  •  Volume 9 / Number 7

Comparisons of hourly wage estimates by location, work levels, hours, and other factors

Comparisons of hourly wage estimates by location, work levels, hours, and other factors

This Beyond the Numbers article shows ways in which modeled wage estimates can be used to compare wages by location, hours worked, pay method, and work level. The article also describes some enhancements to these data. It uses examples from the 2018 Modeled Wage Estimates publication, which has a reference year of 2017.

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