Wages Earnings and Benefits

The Bureau of Labor Statistics 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.

Webpages on this Topic

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

Current Employment Statistics
A 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 - Benefits
Information 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.

Compensation Cost Trends
Quarterly 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 Wages
Annual and quarterly wage data by detailed industry, for the nation, states, and many metropolitan areas and counties.

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