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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, 2012 Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers' Median Weekly Earnings

  Union Median Weekly Earnings Nonunion Median Weekly Earnings Nonunion Weekly Loss in Pay Nonunion Annualized Loss in Pay
Natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations 1026 688 338 17,576
  Construction and extraction occupations 1040 682 358 18,616
  Installation, maintenance and repair occupations 1032 768 264 13,728
Service occupations 754 458 296 15,392
  Health care support occupations 527 477 50 2600
  Protective service occupations 1071 649 422 21,944
  Food preparation and serving-related occupations 509 405 104 5408
  Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations 621 440 181 9412
  Personal care and service occupations 524 462 62 3224
Production, transportation and material moving occupations 823 597 226 11,752
  Production occupations 816 605 211 10,972
  Transportation and material moving occupations 833 586 247 12,844
Sales and office occupations 789 642 147 7644
  Sales and related occupations 689 691 -2 -104
  Office and administrative support occupations 808 624 184 9568
Professional and related occupations 1098 1046 52 2704
  Computer and mathematical occupations 1157 1359 -202 -10,504
  Architecture and engineering occupations 1368 1335 33 1716
  Life, physical and social science occupations 1209 1127 82 4264
  Community and social services occupations 1007 783 224 11,648
  Legal occupations 1174 1342 -168 -8736
  Education, training and library occupations 1050 814 236 12,272
  Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations 1107 957 150 7800
  Health care practitioner and technical occupations 1151 1010 141 7332
Management, business and financial operations occupations 1159 1172 -13 -676
  Management occupations 1261 1247 14 728
  Business and financial operations occupations 1060 1060 0 0
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Members -- 2012, January 2013, Table 4. Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by union affiliation, occupation and industry, 2011-2012 annual averages.

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