Guides to Business Subjects

No. 13 - Wage and Salary Surveys

This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

The following resources provide salary, wage and benefit information for a variety of occupations and professions. Print items are located in the Reference section of Thomas J. Long Business Library. The designation "SRI Microfiche" refers to the fiche that is part of the Statistical Reference Index. It is kept in the microfiche cabinets across from the Reference desk.

Please change sentence starting "For access..." to the following: UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked * by using the library's proxy server.

Last updated: 06/2010.

International Databases and Websites

Foreign Labor Statistics - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Provides international comparisons of production worker salaries and hourly compensation for production workers in 29 countries.

International Labor Stats - International Labour Office
Provides statistics on wages, work hours, and more by occupation and industry for 200 countries.

* ProQuest Statistical Insight
International and USA statistics on wages and earnings in specific industries and occupations. Search abstracts using subjects such as earnings, general or earnings, specific industry, or earnings CEO, or employee benefits. SRI numbers indicate that the information is on microfiche in the SRI microfiche cabinets across from the Reference Desk in the Business Library.

Print and Microfiche

Yearbook of Labor Statistics. Geneva.
Provides wages/salaries by occupation and industry for 200 countries
HD4826 .I6 Reference

USA Databases and Websites

Bureau of Labor Statistics: useful information on compensation data gathered by the BLS.
Some BLS sites of interest:

  • Current Employment Statistics: average hourly earnings for production workers by state and metropolitan area
  • Employee Benefits Survey: employee benefits in private, small, medium, and large companies
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation: Average cost of wages per hour for major occupational and industry group. Available on a national level.
  • National Compensation Survey: wages for specific levels of work for 450 occupations on an hourly and annual basis available on national, state and metropolitan level. Details include union status, incentive status, establishment size and type - excludes federal government employees, and those employed in agriculture, fishing, forestry industries as well as private household workers. Data is for establishments with more than 50 workers and actual rather than standardized work hours are reported.
  • Occupational Employment Statistics: average earnings of employees on an hourly and annual basis for 750 occupations available by state and metropolitan areas - excludes those employed in agriculture, fishing, forestry industries as well as private household workers. Data is for establishments with more than five workers and standardized work schedules are assumed.
  • Wages by Area and Occupation: search BLS data by area or by occupation.

Corporate Directors' Compensation
* The Conference Board
Choose "Compensation" from the topic drop-down menu for direct compensation of top five executives of public companies. Directors' compensation information is also available in company Annual Reports (see * Mergent Online or a search a company's corporate website).
Offers compensation information, salary surveys and reports, as well as SALARY WIZARD, which will compute salaries based on job title and geographic location.

Print and Microfiche

American Salaries and Wages Survey
Statistical data derived from more than 300 government, business, and news sources. Wages in 3,000 occupations in the USA by metropolitan area.
HD4975 .A447 Reference

Business Week: "Annual Survey of Executive Compensation"
A special issue, usually in April/May.
HF5001 .B85

Corporate Directors' Compensation
Conference Board
Microfiche SRI R4105-7 Reference

Compensation in Non-profit Organizations
Abbott, Langer & Associates.
HD4965.5 .U6C657 Reference

Geographic Reference Report
BTA Economic Research Institute. Annual.
Provides annual median salaries for over 50 occupations in major metropolitan areas of the U.S. and Canada.
HD6983 .G38 Reference

California Databases and Websites

California Employment Development Department
This State agency provides wage data by occupation/industry and by county as well as California labor market information.

California State Salaries from the Sacramento Bee
Search this database for California State employee salaries including civil service, CSU, legislative, and UC system workers. Search by name or agency.

California Job Search guide is a gateway to over 300 general salary surveys, including both California and profession specific.

* Rand California
Includes occupational wage statistical reports for over 600 occupations in California.

Print and Microfiche

California Wage, Salary and Benefits Survey
HD6993 .C2W33 Reference

Other OskiCat: UCB Library Catalog for books and journals at the UCB libraries.
Use subject headings "wages - United States - statistics" or "wage surveys - United States - statistics" to find materials at the UCB libraries on wages and the labor market.

Guide to Special Issues and Indexes of Periodicals
Special Libraries Association, c1994
Identifies more than 65 annual surveys of various business and professional occupations.
HF5351 .A12.G85 1994

Statistical Reference Index
Congressional Information Service. Annual.
Search under the headings earnings, general (to retrieve items such as Corporate CEO compensation in 800 firms, or Corporate board of directors compensation) or under earnings, specific industry (to retrieve items such as Electronics industry market developments, including employment and wages by sector, monthly report or Health care employment and earnings, by occupation and sex).
In print: HA214 .A12.S72 Reference
Online in * ProQuest Statistical Insight