Table
1
Hourly
compensation costs in manufacturing, in US dollars
and as a percent of costs in the United States (US =100)
Country Hourly Compensation Costs (1)
in US dollars US = 100
1997 (2) 2014 2015 1997 (2) 2014 2015
Switzerland 30.43 64.73 NA 132 175 NA
Norway 25.88 62.88 49.67 112 170 132
Belgium 28.95 55.60 46.56 126 150 123
Denmark 23.72 52.45 44.44 103 142 118
Sweden 25.05 50.15 41.68 109 135 111
Germany 28.86 49.47 42.42 125 134 112
Australia 19.29 46.07 38.75 84 124 103
Austria 24.91 45.71 39.19 108 123 104
Finland 22.36 45.03 38.46 97 122 102
France 24.87 44.18 37.59 108 119 100
Ireland 17.42 43.38 36.02 76 117 96
Netherlands 22.71 42.21 36.53 99 114 97
Italy 19.77 37.37 31.48 86 101 83
United
States
23.04 37.04 37.71 100 100 100
Canada 18.50 34.56 30.94 80 93 82
United
Kingdom
19.30 33.01 31.44 84 89 83
Spain 13.96 28.19 23.65 61 76 63
Japan 22.00 26.94 23.60 96 73 63
New
Zealand
12.04 26.93 23.28 52 73 62
Singapore 12.16 26.82 25.41 53 72 67
South
Korea
9.24 23.77 22.68 40 64 60
Israel 11.62 23.04 21.69 50 62 58
Greece 11.61 19.21 15.48 50 52 41
Argentina 7.55 17.68 20.76 33 48 55
Slovakia 2.84 12.92 11.26 12 35 30
Portugal 6.44 12.68 11.08 28 34 29
Estonia NA 12.41 11.02 NA 34 29
Czech
Republic
3.25 11.74 10.29 14 32 27
Brazil 7.03 10.54 7.97 31 28 21
Poland 3.29 9.83 8.53 14 27 23
Hungary 3.05 9.49 8.25 13 26 22
Taiwan 7.07 9.49 9.51 31 26 25
Mexico 3.47 6.76 5.90 15 18 16
Turkey NA 6.25 5.81 NA 17 15
Philippines 1.24 2.11 2.16 5 6 6
For complete definitions and country
information, see Technical Notes and 
 Country Notes
(1)
Compensation costs include direct pay, social insurance expenditures, and
labor-related taxes.
(2) With the
exception of Estonia and Turkey, 1997 is the first year data for all
countries are available.
Data are
ranked on the 2014 value of Hourly Compensation, US Dollars.
Source: The
Conference Board, International Labor Comparisons program, April 2016
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Source: International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2015 – Summary Tables | The Conference Board

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