Employment Cost Trends

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).

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Employment Cost Index (ECI)

January 30, 2015
Compensation costs up 0.6 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from September to December 2014. Over the year, compensation rose 2.2 percent, wages and salaries up 2.1 percent, and benefits rose 2.6 percent. More...

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC)

March 11, 2015
Private industry employers spent an average of $31.32 per hour worked for employee compensation in December 2014. Private industry costs averaged $2.16 per hour worked for paid leave benefits and $2.50 for legally required benefits. More...

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Contract Escalation

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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ECT Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the ECI adjusted for inflation?
  2. What is the Employment Cost index for individual occupations in the U.S.?
  3. How can I get annualized ECI data?
  4. What's the average raise?
  5. Does the ECI publish indexes for individual areas?
  6. How do I calculate the percent change between two time periods?
  7. What impact can incentive paid workers have on the ECI?
  8. Once I have identified the series I want to use, how should I reference it to make sure it will not be confused with another series?
  9. Where can I get wage determinations data?
  10. Where can I obtain information on minimum wage and overtime laws and regulations?

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