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In March 2000, workers in private industry in the Northeast received the highest wages and salaries per hour of any region. Wages and salaries of private industry workers averaged $16.37 per hour in the Northeast, compared to $15.45 in the West, $13.91 in the Midwest, and $13.09 in the South.
Moreover, the average cost to private employers of benefits was also the highest in the Northeast. Workers in the private sector in the Northeast were paid $6.30 per hour on average in benefits in March 2000, which was $0.87 more per hour than the amount received by workers in the West, who had the next highest benefits. Benefits per hour in the Northeast were $0.98 more per hour than the average in the Midwest and $1.58 more per hour than in the South.
These data are a product of the BLS Employment Cost Trends program. Additional information is available from "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, March 2000," news release USDL 00-186.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Wages and benefits highest in Northeast at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/jul/wk1/art03.htm (visited March 21, 2023).