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In March 1999, workers in the largest establishments in private industry received by far the highest compensation per hour. Compensation of employees in establishments with 500 or more workers averaged $26.37 per hour, compared to $18.14 in establishments with 100 to 499 workers and $16.27 in establishments with fewer than 100 workers.
Employees in the largest establishments were paid $18.37 per hour in wages and salaries. This was almost 40 percent more than the average wage of $13.17 for workers in medium-sized establishments and nearly 50 percent more than the $12.29 average for workers in the smallest.
Benefits received by employees in the biggest workplaces also outstripped those of other employees. In establishments with 500 or more workers, benefits averaged $8.00 per hour; this was more than 60 percent higher than the $4.97 average received by employees in establishments with 100 to 499 workers and about twice as high as the $3.98 average in establishments with fewer than 100.
These data are a product of the BLS Employment Cost Trends program. Additional information is available from "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, March 1999," news release USDL 99-173.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation highest in biggest establishments at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/jul/wk4/art01.htm (visited June 09, 2023).