Manufacturing and construction jobs have higher wages and better benefits than jobs in the exploding service sector: Average hourly compensation in construction, manufacturing, and service industries, 2021

Sector Wages  Benefits  
Construction $31.35 $9.89
Manufacturing $29.93 $10.78
Services $28.14 $7.61

Source: Economic Policy Institute (EPI) analysis of Current Employment Statistics (BLS-CES various years) and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation data for June 2021 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2021a).

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