July 02, 2004
In private industry in March 2004, employer costs per hour worked for employee compensation ranged widely among five major occupational groups.
Total compensation costs ranged from $11.66 for service workers to $40.23 for managers and professionals. Total compensation costs averaged $18.42 for sales and office workers, $20.21 for production, transportation, and material moving workers, and $26.55 for natural resources, construction, and maintenance workers.
Employer costs for total compensation were higher for union workers, averaging $31.94 per hour, than for nonunion workers, averaging $22.28.
These data are from the BLS Compensation Cost Trends program. Compensation costs (also known as employment costs) include wages, salaries, and employer costs for employee benefits. For more information, see " Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, March 2004" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 04-1105. This is the first Employer Costs for Employee Compensation news release to contain estimates calculated using the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification system.