National Compensation Survey


The Bureau's Office of Compensation Levels and Trends (OCLT) conducts the National Compensation Survey (NCS), which provides the following statistics:

Employment Cost Index

The Employment Cost Index (ECI) is a quarterly measure of changes in labor costs. It is one of the principal economic indicators used by the Federal Reserve Bank. The following are some of the main features of the data:

Why was the Employment Cost Index developed?

ECI Constant Dollar Time Series

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation

The Employer Costs for Employee Compensation product is a quarterly survey that shows the employers' average hourly cost for total compensation and its components. Its key features include:


The National Compensation Survey (NCS) covers the incidence and detailed provisions of selected employee benefit plans in private establishments. The data are presented as the percent of employees who have access to or participate in certain benefits, or as average benefit provisions (for example, the average number of paid holidays provided to employees each year).

Estimates are published by:

The NCS provides incidence and extensive provisions data for two major benefit areas:

Last Modified Date: January 31, 2013

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