Better Wages

Earnings by Occupation, 2006
Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers’ Median Weekly Earnings

Union

Nonunion

% Difference

Management, professional and related occupations

$966

$968

-0.2%

Management, business and financial operations occupations

1,042

1,044

-0.2%

Management occupations

1,144

1,125

1.7%

Business and financial operations occupations

950

928

2.4%

Professional and related occupations

956

921

3.8%

Computer and mathematical occupations

1,057

1,170

-9.7%

Architecture and engineering occupations

1,148

1,155

-0.6%

Life, physical and social science occupations

1,114

977

14.0%

Community and social services occupations

886

707

25.3%

Legal occupations

1,422

1,136

25.2%

Education, training and library occupations

929

725

28.1%

Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations

968

823

17.6%

Health care practitioner and technical occupations

995

889

11.9%

Service occupations

638

404

57.9%

Health care support occupations

484

417

16.1%

Protective service occupations

918

585

56.9%

Food preparation and serving-related occupations

484

366

32.2%

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

524

393

33.3%

Personal care and service occupations

530

397

33.5%

Sales and office occupations

706

578

22.1%

Sales and related occupations

671

627

7.0%

Office and administrative support occupations

713

549

29.9%

Natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations

934

608

53.6%

Construction and extraction occupations

941

582

61.7%

Installation, maintenance and repair occupations

931

709

31.3%

Production, transportation and material moving occupations

741

519

42.8%

Production occupations

730

525

39.0%

Transportation and material moving occupations

752

512

46.9%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Members in 2006, Jan. 25, 2007, Table 4. Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by union affiliation, occupation and industry.