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Among the five major occupational groups, average hourly earnings in private industry ranged from $9.72 for service workers to $31.66 for management, professional, and related employees in June 2006.
Average hourly earnings for sales and office workers were $15.42, while for natural resources, construction, and maintenance workers, the average was $19.46. The average hourly earnings for production, transportation, and material moving workers was $14.64.
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 occupation, June 2006 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jun/wk4/art03.htm (visited March 31, 2023).