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July 30, 2009
12 Jobs Part-Timers Have Higher Wages than Full-Timers

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed 12 occupations in which full-time workers have a lower hourly wage than part-time workers.

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The bureau looked at 194 occupations in which there was a statistically significant difference in hourly earnings between part-time and full-time workers. The bureau found that in nearly all of those occupations, full-time workers had a higher hourly wage than part-time workers did. There were 12 exceptions:

Occupation
Median Hourly Earnings

 

Full-Time Workers

Part-Time Workers

Computer systems analysts

$37.64

$60.10

Clergy

16.23

22.87

Engineering and architecture teachers, postsecondary

57.42

73.56

Therapists

29.59

34.32

Physical therapists

33.82

37.16

Speech-language pathologists

33.20

63.52

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists

23.24

26.69

Dental hygienists

30.60

36.01

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

18.50

19.36

Legal secretaries

20.57

23.37

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

9.77

14.51

Construction laborers

15.73

19.69

Part-time workers in the Pacific region of the country were most likely to earn more than their full-time counterparts. Nearly 12 percent of all part-time workers in the Pacific region earn more than the full-time workers in the same occupation.

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