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).
Compensation costs increased 0.6 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from
June 2015 to September 2015. Over the year, compensation rose 2.0 percent, wages and
salaries are up 2.1 percent, and benefits rose 1.8 percent.
Private industry employers spent an average of $31.39 per hour worked for employee compensation in June
2015. Wages and salaries averaged $21.82, and benefits averaged $9.56, of which retirement and savings plans
averaged $1.24 per hour worked.
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- Employment Cost Index (ECI)
- Employer Cost for Employee Compensation (ECEC)
Compensation Cost Trends Search--allows you to search through all the Employment Cost Index and Employer Costs for Employee Compensation publications that are currently available electronically.
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- ECI Current-Dollar Historical Listings
- ECI Constant-Dollar Historical Listings
- UPDATED ECI Historical Listings - Continuous Occupational and Industry Series, September 1975 - Present (TXT) (PDF)
- UPDATED ECI Historical Listings - Health Benefits, 1982 - Present (TXT) (PDF)
- UPDATED ECI Standard Errors
- Corrections to Employment Cost Index data, June 2009 - September 2010
- ECEC Historical Listing, 2004 to present (Quarterly)-Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (TXT) (PDF) -- Quarterly estimates from March 2004 to the present, with sample establishments classified by industry categories based on the new 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
- ECEC Supplemental Tables Historical Data, December 2006 - Present (TXT) (PDF)
- ECEC Supplemental Tables - June 2015 (TXT) (PDF) -- supplemental tables with series for private industry workers by occupational group, establishment size, and bargaining status in 14 detailed industries.
- ECEC Relative Standard Errors (TXT) (PDF)
- ECEC Relative Standard Errors-Supplementary Tables (TXT) (PDF)
- EBS Standard Errors
- Retirement Benefit Standard Errors, State and Local Government
- ECEC Historical Listing, 2002-2003 (Quarterly)—Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (TXT) (PDF) -- Quarterly estimates from March 2002 to December 2003, with sample establishments classified by industry categories based on the 1987 Standard Industry Classification (SIC) system and by occupational classifications according to the 1990 Census of Population.
- ECEC Historical Listing, 1986-2001 (Annual)—Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (TXT) (PDF) -- Annual estimates from March 1986 to March 2001, with sample establishments classified by industry categories based on the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) system and by occupational classifications according to the Census of Population.
- Seasonal Factors and Revised Seasonally Adjusted Indexes
- Chart—Changes in wages and salaries and benefit costs, civilian workers
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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