Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) June 14, 2005
This isnÂt supposed to happen when the news on the economic front is this good. But the fact is that 13 of 46 job positions in Business & Legal ReportsÂ 2005 Survey of Nonexempt Compensation experienced at least a marginal decrease in hourly wages. Those 13 positions showed decreases of between -.06% and -5.81% versus the 2004 survey.
Improved pay rates did come to 32 of the 46 jobs surveyed, and one job stayed the same. More than 4,100 organizations participated in the survey conducted in January of 2005.
Hourly Wages Fall in 2005
Based on the mean of the mid-50% weighted data for all positions, response to BLRÂs survey indicates that nationwide, hourly workers experienced a Â1.13% decrease in 2005 pay. The Far West and New England/Middle Atlantic regions showed the biggest decreases, while the Central/Rocky Mountain/Southwest was the only area with more than a token wage increase.
Top Hourly Positions
Not surprisingly, higher skilled jobs tacked on the biggest pay increases, ranging from .28% to 8.8%. The most highly paid position in BLRÂs survey, and reported on the Compensation.BLR.com website for compensation professionals, was Power line Installer and Repairer at $20.88 per hour. In second place was Toolmaker/Modelmaker at $20.20 per hour. One of the highest year-to-year increases in wages went to Plumber/Pipefitter, with an 8.59% pay increase. Worst performing job was retail sales clerk at $8.91 an hour, where wages fell -5.81%.
ÂThere has to be a complex set of circumstances behind these pay numbers,Â commented Susan Schoenfeld, BLRÂs senior compensation editor. ÂThe job figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are generally positive, along with productivity and corporate profits. But whether itÂs outsourcing, increased healthcare costs, or high oil prices Â the economic benefit is not passing through to hourly workers like it might be expected during this relatively prosperous period.Â
Employers or journalists may obtain a free Executive Summary of BLRÂs 2005 Survey of Non-Exempt Compensation at http://www.blr.com/82008500/PRS18
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based Business & Legal Reports, Inc. has published plain-English HR and compensation compliance and training materials since 1977. Contact BLR: 800-727-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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