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.
The originally published estimates for the Employment Cost Index for September 2012 through March 2013 were found to contain errors and have been corrected. The primary errors were in benefits data for private industry. Similar series for the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation in September 2012 and December 2012 were also affected. Additional series were subject to correction as well. More...
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 17, 2013
Medical care benefits were available to 85 percent of full-time private industry workers in March 2013 versus 24 percent of part-time workers. Paid sick leave was available to 74 percent of full- time and 24 percent of part-time workers. More...
November 19, 2013
Compensation costs up 0.4 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from June- September 2013. Over the year, compensation rose 1.9 percent, wages and salaries 1.6 percent, and benefits 2.2 percent. More...
September 11, 2013
Private industry employers spent an average of $29.11 per hour worked for employee compensation in June 2013. Wages and salaries averaged $20.47 and benefits averaged $8.64, of which retirement and savings plans averaged $1.07 per hour worked. More...
|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.
National Compensation Survey
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