July 21, 2003
Mean hourly earnings of white-collar workers were $21.09 in July 2002, while earnings of blue-collar workers averaged $14.51. Hourly earnings of workers in service occupations were $10.32 per hour.
Full-time workers, on average, earned nearly double what part-time workers earned per hour. Mean hourly earnings of full-time workers were $18.14, compared with $9.66 for part-time workers.
Union members earned $20.65 per hour, about a quarter more than the $16.42 earned by nonunion workers.
Overall, earnings averaged $17.18 per hour in July 2002.
These data are from the BLS National Compensation Survey program. Wage data in this article are for workers in private industry and in State and local government. Learn more in National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, July 2002, Summary 03-02 (PDF 539K).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Variation in worker earnings, July 2002 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/jul/wk3/art01.htm (visited November 30, 2015).
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