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October 21, 2017
It pays to be Union
Posted On: Dec 13, 2007

IT PAYS TO BE UNION!

Union membership brings many benefits to working people. One of the major benefits includes weekly earnings. The data below show that union workers, on average, made $161 or 27% more per week than nonunion workers in 2003. Furthermore, when breaking it down to both industries and occupational categories, the union difference becomes even clearer.

WEEKLY EARNINGS ADVANTAGE FOR UNION MEMBERS, 2003
Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers' Median Weekly Earnings

 

Union

Non Union

Union
Weekly Advantage

% Difference

All Workers 16 and Over

$760

$599

$161

27%

Race & Gender

White, 16 years & over

$779

$612

$167

27%

Men

$827

$688

$139

20%

Women

$711

$539

$172

32%

 

Black, 16 years & over

$665

$491

$174

35%

Men

$693

$518

$175

34%

Women

$633

$467

$166

36%

 

Hispanic or Latino, 16 years
& over

$632

$419

$213

51%

Men

$663

$437

$226

52%

Women

$586

$394

$192

49%

 

Occupational Breakdown

 

 

 

 

Management, professional &
related occupations

$896

$886

$10

1%

Professional & related
occupations

$885

$833

$52

6%

Services occupations

$606

$382

$224

59%

Office & administrative support occupations

$639

$530

$109

21%

Natural resources, construction & maintenance occupations

$851

$558

$293

53%

Production, transportation
& material moving occupations

$688

$493

$195

$40%

 

Industry Breakdown

 

 

 

 

Construction

$884

$580

$304

52%

Durable Goods Manufacturing

$714

$655

$59

9%

Nondurable Goods Manufacturing

$635

$590

$45

8%

Transportation & Warehousing

$782

$620

$162

26%

Government

$809

$821

($12)

-1%

Note: In addition to the earnings benefits gained from being unionized, some of the union/nonunion differences may be due to factors such as employee skill level, region of the country, and size of the employer.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Union Members in 2003," January 2004.


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