Manufacturing compensation costs in foreign countries and U.S.

Source: U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics

Mar 28, 2011

In 2009, manufacturing hourly compensation costs in the United States were lower than in 12 European countries and Australia, but higher than in 20 other countries.

Hourly compensation costs in manufacturing, U.S. dollars, selected countries, 2009

U.S. hourly compensation costs rose about 4% from the previous year to $33.53.

The 8 countries with the highest costs in Europe were 30-60% higher than the U.S. level, but costs in Canada and Japan were about 10% lower than the United States.