Union Workers Earn More
On average, U.S. union workers consistently earn more than nonunion workers.
One of the many benefits of belonging to a union is financial. In 2002, a union worker brought home $153 more each week than the nonunion worker.
For minority workers, the advantages of union representation are even more dramatic. In 2002, for example, African-American union members earned 29 percent or $138 per week more than their nonunion counterparts.
It pays to be union!
Median Weekly Earnings of Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Earnings, January 2003.
|Job||Union Earnings||Nonunion Earnings||% Difference|
|Exec., administrative, mgr.||$892||$889||0.3|
|Farm, forestry, fish||$548||$357||54|
|Precision, craft, repair||$821||$590||39|
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Earnings, January 2001. Prepared by the AFL-CIO.
For minority workers, the advantages of union representation are even more dramatic. In 1999, for example, black members earned over 38 percent or $160 per week more than black nonunion workers.
MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS OF FULL-TIME WAGE AND SALARY WORKERS, 2002 U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Earnings, January 2003. Prepared by the AFL-CIO. It pays to be union!