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.
July 11, 2012
Medical care benefits were available to 57 percent of private industry workers in establishments with fewer than 100 employees compared to 89 percent of workers in establishments with 500 or more workers in March 2012. More...
April 30, 2013
Compensation costs up 0.3 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from December 2012-March 2013. Over the year, compensation rose 1.8 percent, wages and salaries 1.6 percent, and benefits 1.9 percent. More...
March 12, 2013
Private industry employers spent an average of $28.89 per hour worked for employee compensation in December 2012. Private industry costs averaged $1.98 per hour worked for paid leave benefits and $2.37 for legally required benefits. 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
ECEC Historical Listing, 2004 to present (Quarterly)-Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (TXT) (PDF) -- Quarterly estimates from March 2004 to the present, with sample establishments classified by industry categories based on the new 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
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