National Compensation Survey - Employment Cost Trends produces quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs (ECI) and quarterly data measuring level of average costs per hour worked (ECEC).Contact Us
Compensation costs little changed at 0.2 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted,
from March to June 2015. Over the year, compensation rose 2.0 percent, wages and
salaries up 2.1 percent, and benefits rose 1.8 percent.
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Private employers spent an average of $31.65 per hour worked for compensation in March 2015. Health
insurance was the largest individual employer benefit cost at $2.43, accounting for 7.7 percent of total
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