A Look at Supplemental Pay: Overtime Pay, Bonuses, and Shift Differentials

Source: John L. Bishow, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 25, 2009

For many occupations in the U.S. labor market, supplemental pay–overtime, bonuses, and shift differentials–is an important component of overall cash compensation. Overtime pay is especially important in production occupations and other blue-collar jobs; bonus pay is mostly a feature of high-wage managerial and sales occupations; and shift differentials play a prominent role in a particular set of occupations–healthcare practitioner and technical occupations.

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