Compensation costs rise

July 26, 2002

Compensation costs for civilian workers (not seasonally adjusted) increased 4.0 percent for the 12 months ended in June 2002 to 159.9 (June 1989=100). This compares with over-the-year increases of 3.9 percent in June 2001 and 4.4 percent in June 2000.

12-month percent change in Employment Cost Index, June 1997-June 2002
[Chart data—TXT]

Wages and salaries rose 3.5 percent for the year ended June 2002, after increasing 3.7 percent in the year ended June 2001. Benefit costs increased 5.0 percent for the year ended in June 2002, compared with an increase of 4.5 percent in June 2001.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. Civilian workers include nonfarm private industry plus State and local government. See USDL 02-403, "Employment Cost Index--June 2002" (PDF) (TXT), for more information on changes in compensation costs.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation costs rise on the Internet at (visited September 28, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.