Employee Benefits Survey

National Compensation Survey - Benefits produces comprehensive data on the incidence (the percentage of workers with access to and participation in employer provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.

The National Compensation Survey and the Affordable Care Act

The National Compensation Survey and the Affordable Care Act: preserving quality health care data.

This article provides an overview of efforts to research the effects of the ACA on NCS cost, coverage, and provisions data, including obtaining expert feedback and testing selected elements for potential inclusion in future data collection.

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Latest Benefits News Release

Retirement benefits available to 66 percent of private industry workers in March 2015

07/24/2015

Retirement benefit access for private workers ranged from 31 percent for the lowest 10 percent of wage earners to 88 percent for the highest 10 percent. Nonunion workers paid 22 percent of single coverage medical premiums and union workers paid 13 percent.
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*2007 to 2009 benefits data are not available in the National Compensation Survey data base.
For data during these years, see the NCS publication archive.

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Annual Bulletin on Benefit Coverage

National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2014

September 2014
Bulletin 2779
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Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2014 (Tab view)

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Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2014 (Tab view)

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Annual Bulletin on Benefit Plan Details in Private Industry

National Compensation Survey: Health and Retirement Plan Provisions in Private Industry in the United States, 2014

April 2015
Bulletin 2781

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Annual Bulletin on Benefit Plan Details in Government

National Compensation Survey: Health Plan Provisions in State and Local Government in the United States, 2011

March 2012
Bulletin 2772

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EBS Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

    Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  1. How will implementation of the ACA change NCS health care data? Will NCS data collection be any different from pre-ACA?
  2. What are grandfathered health care plans and how prevalent are they?
  3. Does the BLS have any information on the prevalence of the Essential Health benefits that are mentioned in the ACA?
  4. General employee benefit information
  5. What types of benefit data does the BLS provide?
  6. For what worker and establishment characteristics are benefit data available?
  7. How much has the cost of employer-provided benefits changed in the last 5 years?
  8. Retirement benefits information
  9. What are frozen retirement plans and how prevalent are they?
  10. How prevalent are cash account (cash balance) pension plans?
  11. Health benefits information
  12. What are high deductible health plans and how do they differ from traditional health plans?
  13. How much do employees pay for health care?
  14. What information does the NCS collect about Flexible Spending Accounts? Does the NCS capture data regarding the details of how an employer reimburses their employees for valid transactions?

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