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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 $201 or 27% more per week than nonunion workers in 2012. Furthermore, when breaking it down to both industries and occupational categories, the union difference becomes even clearer.

Weekly Earning Advantage for Union Members, 2012
Full-time Wage and Salary Workers’ Median Weekly Earnings

                                                   


 

Union

Nonunion

Union Weekly
Advantage

 % Difference


All Workers 16 and Over

$943

$742

$201

27%

 

 

 

 

 

By Race and Gender

 

 

 

 

Caucasian, 16 years & over

$973

$762

$211

28%

Men

$1,025

$845

$180

21%

Women

$902

$681

$221

32%

African American, 16 years & over

$784

$599

$185

31%

Men

$819

$624

$195

31%

Women

$755

$582

$173

30%

Hispanic or Latino, 16 years & over

$840

$530

$310

58%

Men

$881

$563

$318

56%

Women

$767

$503

$264

52%

 

 

 

 

 

Occupational Breakdown

 

 

 

 

Professional & related occupations

$1,098

$1,046

$52

5%

Services occupations

$754

$458

$296

65%

Office & administrative support

$808

$624

$184

29%

Natural resources, construction & maintenance occupations

$1,026

$688

$338

49%

Production, transportation & material moving occupations

$823

$597

$226

38%

 

 

 

 

 

Industry Breakdown

 

 

 

 

Construction

$1,086

$722

$364

50%

Durable Goods Manufacturing

$891

$819

$72

9%

Nondurable Goods Manufacturing

$827

$722

$105

15%

Transportation & Warehousing

$948

$746

$202

27%

Government

$990

$829

$161

19%

Utilities

$1,216

$1,086

$130

12%

Telecommunications

$1,162

$1,039

$123

12%

 


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 2007," January 2008.

 

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