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Nonunion Workers’ Pay Lower

In nearly every occupational category, workers who are not members of unions have smaller paychecks than union members. By comparing the wages of workers within occupational groups, the cost of not being able to bargain collectively is clear.

Earnings by Occupation: Median Weekly Earnings of Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers, 2014 

  Union Median Weekly Earnings Nonunion Median Weekly Earnings Nonunion Weekly Loss in Pay Nonunion Annualized Loss in Pay
Natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations $1,076 $693 $383 $19,916
  Construction and extraction occupations 1,095 682 413 21,476
  Installation, maintenance and repair occupations 1,064 768 296 15,392
Service occupations 762 482 280 14,560
  Health care support occupations 569 493 76 3,952
  Protective service occupations 1,107 687 420 21,840
  Food preparation and serving-related occupations 535 433 102 5,304
  Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations 644 456 188 9,776
  Personal care and service occupations 591 480 111 5,772
Production, transportation and material moving occupations 838 614 224 11,648
  Production occupations 825 620 205 10,660
  Transportation and material moving occupations 850 608 242 12,584
Sales and office occupations 788 654 134 6,968
  Sales and related occupations 728 704 24 1,248
  Office and administrative support occupations 801 632 169 8,788
Professional and related occupations 1,117 1,068 49 2,548
  Computer and mathematical occupations 1,288 1,373 -85 -4,420
  Architecture and engineering occupations 1,416 1,370 46 2,392
  Life, physical and social science occupations 1,271 1,141 130 6,760
  Community and social services occupations 1,017 822 195 10,140
  Legal occupations 1,208 1,270 -62 -3,224
  Education, training and library occupations 1,077 851 226 11,752
  Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations 1,130 946 184 9,568
  Health care practitioner and technical occupations 1,128 1,020 108 5,616
Management, business and financial operations occupations 1,132 1,139 -7 -364
  Management occupations 1,246 1,226 20 1,040
  Business and financial operations occupations 1,135 1,104 31 1,612
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Members -- 2014, January 2015, Table 4. Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by union affiliation, occupation and industry, 2013-2014 annual averages.

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