Industries at a Glance

Insurance Carriers and Related Activities: NAICS 524

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About the Insurance Carriers and Related Activities subsector

The insurance carriers and related activities subsector is part of the finance and insurance sector.

Industries in the Insurance Carriers and Related Activities subsector group establishments that are primarily engaged in one of the following: (1) underwriting (assuming the risk, assigning premiums, and so forth) annuities and insurance policies or (2) facilitating such underwriting by selling insurance policies, and by providing other insurance and employee-benefit related services.

North American Industry Classification System

The insurance carriers and related activities subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in insurance carriers and related activities. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, union membership and representation, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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2,532.4 2,535.0 (P) 2,545.4 (P) 2,555.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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2,051.6 2,049.6 (P) 2,070.0

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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2.2% 1.5% 2.0% 1.6%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Union Membership and Representation

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Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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1.2% 1.3% 2.0% 1.6%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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1.5% 1.9% 2.5% 2.1%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

188,920

First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

57,130

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

219,640

Insurance sales agents

357,360

Insurance underwriters

80,270

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for insurance carriers and related activities.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in insurance carriers and related activities. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$33.86 $33.74 $33.83 (P) $33.63

Average weekly hours

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39.2 38.3 38.3 (P) 38.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$27.78 $27.74 $27.82 (P) $27.77

Average weekly hours

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39.1 38.4 38.4 (P) 38.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2011 2012 2013 2014

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

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$899 $922 $928 $959

Members of unions

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$822 $908 $811 $923

Represented by unions

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$840 $891 $854 $896

Nonunion

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$900 $924 $929 $960

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

28.82 30.06 59,950 62,530

First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

28.42 30.51 59,110 63,450

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

17.74 18.66 36,910 38,800

Insurance sales agents

22.98 30.70 47,800 63,860

Insurance underwriters

30.76 33.96 63,980 70,630

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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2015
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2015

12-month percent change

Total compensation

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1.4% 1.4% 1.8% 1.7%

Wages and salaries

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0.8% 0.6% 0.9% 0.9%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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Compensation component
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Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

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45.19 100.0

Wages and salaries

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29.88 66.1

Total benefits

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15.31 33.9

Insurance

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4.18 9.2

Retirement

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2.22 4.9

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in insurance carriers and related activities. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

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Fatalities

Number of fatalities

5 6 14 8

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

0.8 0.8 0.7 0.8

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3

Cases involving days away from work

0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.1 (1) 0.0 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Rounded to zero

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Producer price index

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(P) 126.4 (P) 126.4 (P) 126.6 (P) 126.6

Percent change from previous month

(P) 0.1% (P) 0.0% (P) 0.2% (P) 0.0%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in insurance carriers and related activities.

Establishments

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Number of establishments

Private industry

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(P) 186,563 (P) 187,648 (P) 188,707 (P) 190,402

Local government

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(P) 72 (P) 72 (P) 72 (P) 71

State government

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(P) 40 (P) 41 (P) 41 (P) 41

Federal government

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(P) 126 (P) 135 (P) 135 (P) 134

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See insurance in the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: August 21, 2015

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