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A look at compensation costs in aircraft manufacturing on Wright Brothers Day

December 17, 2019

We celebrate the anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first successful flight on December 17, 1903, by looking at employee compensation in the aircraft manufacturing industry. Total compensation costs for workers in aircraft manufacturing rose 22.4 percent from December 2005 to September 2019. Wages and salaries increased 44.1 percent during this time. Employer costs for benefits were about the same in September 2019 as they were in December 2005.

Employment Cost Indexes for private industry aircraft manufacturing workers, not seasonally adjusted, 2005–19
Series ID Total compensation Wages and salaries Benefits

Dec 2005

100.0 100.0 100.0

Mar 2006

90.9 101.9 79.1

Jun 2006

91.3 102.5 79.2

Sep 2006

93.9 102.9 84.3

Dec 2006

93.2 102.7 83.2

Mar 2007

89.2 104.7 72.6

Jun 2007

89.6 104.8 73.4

Sep 2007

87.1 104.4 68.5

Dec 2007

87.2 104.6 68.6

Mar 2008

89.7 107.0 71.1

Jun 2008

89.9 107.4 71.3

Sep 2008

90.9 107.6 73.1

Dec 2008

91.3 108.1 73.3

Mar 2009

92.6 110.5 73.4

Jun 2009

92.9 111.0 73.5

Sep 2009

92.4 111.5 72.0

Dec 2009

92.4 111.5 72.0

Mar 2010

93.4 113.7 71.9

Jun 2010

93.4 113.9 71.6

Sep 2010

99.4 114.5 83.2

Dec 2010

99.3 114.4 83.2

Mar 2011

102.3 116.2 87.4

Jun 2011

102.7 116.8 87.6

Sep 2011

96.8 117.4 74.7

Dec 2011

96.7 117.3 74.6

Mar 2012

99.2 119.6 77.3

Jun 2012

99.4 119.9 77.4

Sep 2012

104.2 120.6 86.6

Dec 2012

104.2 120.6 86.6

Mar 2013

105.2 122.7 86.5

Jun 2013

105.8 123.7 86.8

Sep 2013

104.0 124.3 82.4

Dec 2013

104.1 124.4 82.4

Mar 2014

107.4 127.0 86.4

Jun 2014

107.9 127.4 87.1

Sep 2014

110.4 127.8 91.7

Dec 2014

110.3 127.7 91.7

Mar 2015

111.3 130.5 90.8

Jun 2015

111.4 130.9 90.6

Sep 2015

110.2 131.4 87.5

Dec 2015

110.1 131.3 87.4

Mar 2016

113.3 133.6 91.6

Jun 2016

113.7 134.2 91.8

Sep 2016

112.0 134.5 88.0

Dec 2016

112.9 134.7 89.6

Mar 2017

115.9 137.4 92.9

Jun 2017

116.5 138.0 93.4

Sep 2017

128.9 138.5 118.2

Dec 2017

128.9 138.4 118.3

Mar 2018

132.1 141.1 122.2

Jun 2018

132.3 141.2 122.4

Sep 2018

120.6 141.2 98.5

Dec 2018

120.3 141.5 97.7

Mar 2019

122.1 143.8 99.0

Jun 2019

122.4 144.1 99.2

Sep 2019

122.4 144.1 99.3

Compensation costs for workers in aircraft manufacturing were $71.60 per hour worked in June 2019. That was about double the compensation cost for all workers in private industry, $34.44 per hour worked.

Employer costs for employee compensation in private industry and in aircraft manufacturing, June 2019
Compensation component Private industry Aircraft manufacturing

Total compensation

$34.44 $71.60

Wages and salaries

24.14 43.42

Total benefits

10.30 28.18

Paid leave

2.47 6.40

Supplemental pay

1.11 4.99

Insurance

2.76 6.95

Retirement and savings

1.31 5.30

Legally required benefits

2.66 4.54

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. We also have more charts on the Employment Cost Index and on employer costs for employee compensation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, A look at compensation costs in aircraft manufacturing on Wright Brothers Day on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/a-look-at-compensation-costs-in-aircraft-manufacturing-on-wright-brothers-day.htm (visited August 09, 2020).

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