Figure G

Nonunion wages for workers without a college degree would get a boost by restoring union membership to its 1979 level: Estimated weekly wages and weekly wages at 1979 union density for nonunion private-sector workers with less than a college degree, by gender, select years 1979–2013 (2013 dollars)

Men

Year Estimated At 1979 union density
1979 $792.24
1983 $741.57 $760.18
1993 $719.04 $757.86
2003 $797.64 $852.26
2013 $755.08 $813.39
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Women

Year Actual At 1979 union density
1979 $516.85
1983 $519.43 $524.38
1993 $556.61 $567.22 
2003 $625.62 $638.82 
2013 $593.03 $605.62 
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Notes: Sample restricted to nonunion full-time workers in the private sector ages 16 to 64. See the text and Methodological Appendix for details on the analysis.

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata.

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