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Labor Costs

Overview

Competitive Compensation Rates

The Columbus Region has competitive unionization, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation rates.

Unionization

At 4.0 percent, the unionization rate in the Columbus Region is competitive, as are unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation rates.

In recent years, logistics and automotive operations in surrounding states and southern states, respectively, have seen significant unionization pressures despite their right to work status. The Columbus Region has enjoyed stable employer labor relations with no major union election votes or work stoppages among logistics employers, and local Honda facilities and nearly all of their suppliers have remained union-free for decades.

Unemployment Insurance Tax Cost

State Tax Cost
Indiana 0.29%
Texas 0.41%
Kentucky 0.47%
South Carolina 0.52%
California 0.63%
Illinois 0.64%
Michigan 0.66%
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2018

Worker’s Compensation Tax Cost

Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, 2018
Production-Related

Workforce Costs for Production Related Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Atlanta 21,432 $17.33
Indianapolis 86,621 $17.36
Greensboro 239,527 $17.56
Chicago 46,743 $17.79
Nashville 42,465 $17.82
Greenville 41,571 $18.11
Charlotte 16,196 $18.27
Birmingham 51,629 $18.66
Louisville 49,754 $18.96
Charleston 11,531 $19.82
Detroit 122,287 $20.89
Source: EMSI, 2018
Transportation and Material Moving

Workforce Costs for Transportation and Material Moving Related Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Columbus 83,945 $16.55
Indianapolis 103,467 $16.65
Memphis 85,115 $16.85
Atlanta 219,852 $17.61
Harrisburg 34,364 $18.00
Kansas City 70,914 $18.21
Los Angeles 417,108 $18.32
Chicago 373,676 $18.42
Louisville 66,428 $19.11
Dallas 287,369 $19.59
New York 570,279 $19.92
Source: EMSI, 2018
Business Services

Workforce Costs for Business Services Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Tampa 286,345 $24.16
Orlando 242,738 $24.30
Indianapolis 204,385 $26.65
Columbus 218,411 $26.85
Phoenix 474,287 $26.98
Kansas City 221,590 $27.21
Nashville 216,938 $27.32
Dallas 763,202 $27.38
Charlotte 239,856 $29.87
Atlanta 568,391 $30.66
Denver 275,564 $31.69
Chicago 1,015,409 $31.74
New York 1,942,054 $36.16
San Francisco 500,162 $40.25
Source: EMSI, 2018
Science, Engineering, and IT Occupations

Workforce Costs for Science, Engineering and IT Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Indianapolis 52,258 $34.31
Pittsburgh 63,547 $35.54
Raleigh 49,904 $38.68
Chicago 224,875 $39.20
Austin 91,987 $39.62
Boston 221,524 $44.96
Seattle 201,227 $48.25
Washington D.C. 340,129 $49.09
San Francisco 228,923 $50.08
Source: EMSI, 2017