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
Due to data processing problems, the December 2013 and March 2014 Employer Costs for Employee Compensation estimates for the management, professional, and related occupational group and sub-groups are incorrect as published. The database and historical listings will be corrected soon. The upcoming news release for June 2014 estimates is scheduled to be released on September 10, 2014. Historical news releases will not be corrected.
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...
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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.
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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