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
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.
January 31, 2014
Wages and salaries rose 0.6 percent and benefit costs rose 0.6 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from September to December 2013. Over the year, compensation rose 2.0 percent, wages and salaries rose 1.9 percent, and benefits rose 2.2 percent. More...
December 11, 2013
Employer costs for state and local government workers averaged $27.38 per hour worked for wages and salaries and $15.13 for benefits in September 2013. State and local government health benefit costs averaged $4.98 per hour worked in September 2013. More...
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ECEC Historical Listing, 2002-2003 (Quarterly)—Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (TXT) (PDF)—Quarterly estimates from March 2002 to December 2003, with sample establishments classified by industry categories based on the 1987 Standard Industry Classification (SIC) system and by occupational classifications according to the 1990 Census of Population.
ECEC Historical Listing, 1986-2001 (Annual)—Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (TXT) (PDF)—Annual estimates from March 1986 to March 2001, with sample establishments classified by industry categories based on the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) system and by occupational classifications according to the Census of Population.
ECEC Supplemental Tables - September 2013 (TXT) (PDF)— supplemental tables with series for private industry workers by occupational group, establishment size, and bargaining status in 14 detailed industries.
The Employment Cost Index (ECI) is increasingly being used by business organizations as an escalator to adjust long-term sales and purchasing contracts, and to adjust wage rates in collective bargaining agreements. A web page explaining how to use the ECI for escalating contracts is available.
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