March 02, 2004
In December 2003, employer costs for employee compensation averaged $33.91 per hour worked in State and local government.
Wages and salaries averaged $23.56 per hour, while benefits averaged $10.35.
Employer costs for insurance benefits averaged $3.39 per hour, representing the largest non-wage cost. Legally required benefits, such as Social Security and unemployment insurance, were $1.99 per hour on average. Paid leave benefits averaged $2.58 per hour, retirement and savings benefits $2.03 per hour, and supplemental pay 29 cents per hour.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation of State and local government employees at end of 2003 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/mar/wk1/art02.htm (visited November 28, 2015).
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