For release 10:00 A.M. (EDT) WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013 USDL-13-1344 Technical information: (202) 691-6199 NCSinfo@bls.gov http://www.bls.gov/ebs Media contact: (202) 691-5902 PressOffice@bls.gov EMPLOYEE BENEFITS IN THE UNITED STATES - MARCH 2013 Employer-provided medical care was available to 85 percent of full-time private industry workers in the United States in March 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. By contrast, only 24 percent of part-time workers had medical care benefits available. Access, or availability, also varied by employment size: 57 percent for all workers in small establishments (those with fewer than 100 employees), compared with 85 percent in medium and large establishments (those with 100 employees or more). Retirement benefits followed a similar pattern as medical care benefits. In private industry, 74 percent of full-time workers had access to a retirement plan, significantly higher than 37 percent of part-time workers. Retirement benefits were available to 49 percent of workers in small establishments and 82 percent of workers in medium and large establishments. A worker with access to a medical or retirement plan is defined as having an employer-provided plan available for use, regardless of the workers decision to enroll or participate in the plan. (See charts 1 and 2.) Paid sick leave benefits were also more commonly offered to full-time workers and those in medium and large establishments in private industry. Plans were offered to 74 percent of full-time workers and 24 percent of part-time workers. Similarly, 51 percent of workers in small establishments and 72 percent in medium and large establishments had access to a paid sick leave benefit. (See charts 1 and 2 and table 6.) These data are from the National Compensation Survey (NCS), which provides comprehensive measures of compensation cost trends and incidence and provisions of employee benefit plans. Additional findings include: * In private industry, 64 percent of employees had access to retirement benefits, significantly less than the 89 percent of state and local government employees with access. Additionally, only 49 percent of private industry employees actually participated in a retirement plan (had current coverage), significantly less than the 85 percent participation rate of state and local government employees. (See table 1.) * Full-time workers in state and local government had greater access to employer-provided benefits than private industry workers. For example, retirement and medical care benefits were offered to 99 percent of state and local government workers while only 74 percent of full-time employees in private industry had access to retirement benefits and 85 percent to medical care coverage. (See tables 1 and 2.) * For private industry employees in the lowest 10 percent of average earnings, employers paid 71 percent of the single coverage medical plan premium. For employees in the highest 10 percent of average earnings, the employer share of the premium was 81 percent. For family coverage, the employer share of the premium was 56 percent for employees in the lowest 10 percent of earnings, significantly less than the 73 percent for employees in the highest 10 percent of earnings. (See tables 3 and 4). * Access and participation in life insurance benefits varied significantly for full-time and part-time workers. In private industry, 72 percent of full-time workers had access to life insurance benefits. For state and local government workers, 90 percent of full-time workers had access. In contrast, only 14 percent of part-time workers in private industry and 23 percent of state and local government workers had access. Most workers who had access participated in life insurance benefits. (See table 5.) * Paid holidays were available to 97 percent of management, business, and financial employees in private industry. In contrast, only 53 percent of service employees in private industry were provided paid holidays. (See table 6.) More information can be obtained by calling (202) 691-6199, sending e-mail to NCSinfo@bls.gov, or by visiting the BLS Internet site, http://www.bls.gov/ebs/home.htm. NOTE More information will be published in early fall, including March 2013 data for civilian, private industry, and state and local government workers on the incidence and provisions of health care benefits, retirement benefits, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability benefits, paid holidays and vacations, and other selected benefits. For the latest benefit publications, see: http://www.bls.gov/ebs. In addition, new editions of Beyond the Numbers: Pay and Benefits (http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/) will be published featuring the latest benefits data. Beyond the Numbers: Pay and Benefits, brings together employee benefits information from various National Compensation Survey publications into one convenient and easy-to-read format.