Small Hourly Wage Increase for Americans Compared to Large CEO Pay Increases

$0.45 Hourly Wage Increase for American

Workersin Last Seven Years,

While CEO Pay Increases by More than $5 Million

LOS ANGELES,  In honor of Labor Day, which celebrates American workers, GoBankingRates.com investigated the status of the U.S. workforce, finding that hourly wages have barely budged for the average private-sector American worker in the last seven years.

The average American worker in the private-sector earned $23.98 (p) per hour in July 2013, up from $20.31in July 2006 ($23.53 when adjusted for inflation), a mere $0.45 increase. During that same period, the median compensation package for CEOs and executives went from $7 million to more than $12 million — more than a $5 million increase.

“This $0.45 increase is paltry, to say the least,” said Jennifer Calonia, editor for GoBankingRates.com. “This investigation shows the extensive gap between the average working American striving to support their family and the affluent top one percent.”

Additional Findings:

  • Workers have produced, on average, 1.7 percent more output from 2007 to 2012.
  • While a U.S. worker makes an average of $34,645 a year, the average CEO makes 354 times that amount.
  • Employed people worked an average of 7.6 hours a work day.
  • Considering family income distribution inequality, or gini index scores, the United States has a bigger income gap than other similarly developed countries, including United Kingdom, Canada,Australia, Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand and Italy.

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