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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 0.5%
Texas 0.51%
South Carolina 0.61%
California 0.68%
Michigan 0.71%
Kentucky 0.72%
Illinois 0.76%
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2017

Worker’s Compensation Tax Cost

Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, 2016
Production-Related

Workforce Costs for Production Related Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Atlanta 87,223 $16.49
Indianapolis 45,050 $16.80
Greensboro 23,323 $16.86
Chicago 217,972 $17.39
Nashville 49,880 $17.72
Greenville 36,390 $17.73
Charlotte 48,823 $18.32
Birmingham 16,712 $18.40
Louisville 41,226 $19.31
Charleston 11,210 $20.40
Detroit 120,970 $20.57
Source: EMSI, 2018
Transportation and Material Moving

Workforce Costs for Transportation and Material Moving Related Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Memphis 87,045 $15.72
Columbus 79,384 $15.73
Indianapolis 99,332 $16.39
Atlanta 215,128 $16.95
Los Angeles 403,765 $17.11
Harrisburg 32,543 $17.45
Kansas City 67,877 $17.50
Chicago 363,363 $17.92
Louisville 64,461 $18.26
Dallas 271,599 $18.85
New York 559,388 $19.16
Source: EMSI, 2018
Business Services

Workforce Costs for Business Services Occupations

Metro Area Jobs Average Hourly Rate
Tampa 281,877 $23.18
Orlando 232,946 $23.31
Phoenix 456,345 $25.91
Indianapolis 202,469 $26.03
Nashville 213,798 $26.47
Kansas City 226,570 $26.53
Dallas 760,645 $26.64
Charlotte 233,538 $29.36
Atlanta 558,026 $30.06
Chicago 1,007,702 $30.77
Denver 273,774 $30.90
New York 1,997,558 $34.95
San Francisco 508,613 $38.91
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