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Earnings generally vary by the employment size of the establishment and by industry.
In private industry in June 2006, average hourly earnings ranged from $16.18 in establishments employing between 1 and 49 workers to $23.50 in those with 500 workers or more.
Workers employed in goods-producing industries earned more ($20.06) than did those in service-providing industries ($18.09).
Overall, earnings averaged $18.56 per hour in private industry in June 2006.
These data are from the BLS National Compensation Survey program. Learn more in National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, June 2006, BLS Summary 07-03 (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Variation in worker earnings by establishment size and industry, June 2006 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jul/wk1/art03.htm (visited June 10, 2023).