September 16, 2008
Among the five major occupational groups, average hourly earnings in private industry ranged from $10.06 for service workers to $32.96 for management, professional, and related employees in July 2007.
Average hourly earnings for sales and office workers were $15.97, while for natural resources, construction, and maintenance workers, the average was $20.15. The average hourly earnings for production, transportation, and material moving workers were $15.03.
Overall, earnings averaged $19.21 per hour in private industry in July 2007.
These data are from the BLS National Compensation Survey program. Learn more in National Compensation Survey: Occupational Earnings in the United States, 2007, BLS Bulletin 2704.