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Subject: hourly cost of a factory employee
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: thomasm-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 23 Apr 2002 10:31 PDT
Expires: 30 Apr 2002 10:31 PDT
Question ID: 3160
I am looking for information regarding the average, median, or mean actual 
hourly cost(wage, benefits, insurance, taxes, etc.) to a business to employ a 
factory worker (union and non-union) in the mid-west U.S. (Detroit area) and 
other related data.
Subject: Re: hourly cost of a factory employee
Answered By: skis4jc-ga on 25 Apr 2002 21:58 PDT
Dear Thomasm,

Thank you for your inquiry!

A list wage estimates broken down by occupation title, mean hourly and
mean annually including anything from Team Assemblers to Bindery
Workers and everything in between, can be found at:
Production Occupations

Some examples of information at the above site includes the fact that
$16.98 is the hourly mean for a Team Assembler, $15.64 for a
Machinist, $8.55 Slaughters and Meat Packers, and there are 610
Lay-Out Workers (Metal and Plastic) whose mean annual income is
$44,260, or $21.28 an hour.

I found this free information at the Office of Labor Market
Labor Market Information

The Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) is also a great place for any
other statistical information you might want:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Data also has Employment Cost Indexes
that you might find quite useful:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Also of possible interest is a table of industries with the fastest
wage and salary employment growth, 2000-2010:

In a recent article on auto industry jobs, notes that:
“Some plant closings are prohibited at least until autoworkers'
contracts expire in 2003; thousands of laid-off employees are entitled
to company-paid unemployment supplements that give them 95 percent of
what they would earn if working. Moreover, in many factory
occupations, autoworkers earn significantly more than their
counterparts in other industries. In 2000, tool and die makers, for
example, earned an average of $19.76 per hour in all industries,
versus $25.76 an hour in auto plants, according to the Bureau of Labor
Ironically, the size the annual profit share given to each employee
may have a greater effect on total compensation than whether or not
the worker is working. The average Chrysler employee's share was
$8,100 in 2000, $375 in 2001 and will be zero this year.”
Article on the auto industry jobs

Also of additional use might be an article on “How Much does an
Employee Cost?” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT)
Business school:

search terms used:
Detroit factory employment statistics
Labor statistics Detroit
Detroit employment
Average employee cost

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Best Regards,
Subject: Re: hourly cost of a factory employee
From: idest-ga on 23 Apr 2002 13:28 PDT
The best overall source I've found is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They have 
breakdowns by occupation and by Metropolitan Area. Their classification system 
would  put factory work under Production Operations

Go to web page   For the BLS Main Page   For Michigan Production Operations   For Detroit production 

I could find no Union/non-Union breakdown.

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