The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes a large amount of information on the wages, earnings, and benefits of workers. Generally, this information is categorized in one or more of the following ways:

  • Geographic area (national regional, state, metropolitan area, or county data);
  • Occupation (such as teacher); and
  • Industry (such as manufacturing).

Additional categories, such as age, sex, or union membership, may be used in some cases.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Wages by Area and OccupationWage data are available by occupation for the nation, regions, states, and many metropolitan areas.

Current Employment StatisticsA monthly survey of the payroll records of business establishments that provides data on earnings of production and nonsupervisory workers at the national level.

National Compensation Survey — BenefitsInformation on the share of workers who participate in specified benefits, such as health care, retirement plans, and paid vacations. The data also show the details of those benefits, such as deductible amounts, retirement ages, and amounts of paid leave.

Amercia's Career InfoNetWage and employment trends, occupational rankings, and state-by-state labor market conditions and cost of living data.

Compensation Cost TrendsQuarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs (also called employment costs or compensation costs) and annual data measuring the level of costs per hour worked.

State and County Employment and WagesAnnual and quarterly wage data by detailed industry, for the nation, states, and many metropolitan areas and counties.

Collective Bargaining AgreementsThis program gathers agreements for bargaining units of 1,000 or more workers.

International Labor ComparisonsHourly compensation costs (wages and benefits) in manufacturing for the United States and select foreign economies.

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