National Compensation Survey - Benefits produces comprehensive data on the incidence (the percentage of workers with access to and participation in employer provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.

The National Compensation Survey and the Affordable Care Act

The National Compensation Survey and the Affordable Care Act: preserving quality health care data.

This article provides an overview of efforts to research the effects of the ACA on NCS cost, coverage, and provisions data, including obtaining expert feedback and testing selected elements for potential inclusion in future data collection.

Latest Benefits News Release

Worker participation rate for employer-sponsored medical care benefits is 52% in March


The participation rate for employer-sponsored medical care benefits for civilian workers was 52 percent in March 2016. The participation rate was 49 percent for private workers and 73 percent for state and local government workers.


EBS Databases


Database Name Special
Tables Text Files
Benefit Incidence & Provisions
Employee Benefits Survey
(1985 to 2006)

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National Compensation Survey - Benefits (Beginning with
2010 data)*
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*2007 to 2009 benefits data are not available in the National Compensation Survey data base.
For data during these years, see the NCS publication archive.


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  • Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Benefits Search--allows you to search through all the benefits publications that are currently available electronically.


Annual Bulletin on Benefit Coverage

National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2016

September 2016
Bulletin 2785
To print all tables in bulletin, or to print entire bulletin

Tables organized by ownership

Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2016 (Tab view)

Tables organized by benefit

Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2016 (Tab view)


Technical note


Printing multiple tables or entire bulletin

Appendix table 1 (HTML) (PDF)

Appendix table 2 (HTML) (PDF)


Annual Bulletin on Benefit Plan Details in Private Industry


Annual Bulletin on Benefit Plan Details in Government


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Other BLS Programs

  • National Compensation Survey—designed to integrate data from separate BLS compensation surveys—currently provides earnings data by worker characteristics and establishment characteristics and by geographic area.
  • Compensation Cost Trends—quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs and quarterly data measuring level of average costs per hour worked.

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