The Employment Cost Index (ECI) component of the National Compensation Survey (NCS) is a Principal Federal Economic Indicator that measures changes in labor costs. Average hourly costs for employee compensation is presented in the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) series.
The NCS also provides benefits incidence data on the percentage of workers with access to and participating in employer provided benefit plans. The survey covers a broad range of benefits including holidays and vacations, sick leave, health and life insurance, and retirement plans. Details of employer-provided health and retirement plan provisions are also provided.
Changes in the presentation of the text section of The Employment Cost Index news release were incorporated in the edition published on July 31, 2009. There were no changes to the format and content of the tables. More...
July 25, 2014
Medical care benefits were available to 86 percent of full-time private industry workers in March 2014 versus 23 percent of part-time workers. Paid sick leave was available to 74 percent of full- time private and 24 percent of part-time private workers. More...
July 31, 2014
Compensation costs up 0.7 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from March- June 2014. Over the year, compensation rose 2.0 percent, wages and salaries 1.8 percent, and benefits 2.5 percent. More...
June 11, 2014
Private employers spent an average of $29.99 per hour worked for compensation in March 2014. Health insurance was the largest individual employer benefit cost at $2.36, accounting for 7.9 percent of total compensation costs. More...
National Compensation Survey
|Pay & Cost of Benefits|
Employment Cost Index
Employer Cost for Employee Compensation
|Benefit Incidence & Provisions|
Employee Benefits Survey
(1985 to 2006)
National Compensation Survey - Benefits
*2007 to 2009 benefits data are not available in the National Compensation Survey data base.
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