Health benefit costs by region
July 06, 2007
Among the four regions, the average cost to employers in private industry for health insurance benefits ranged from $1.59 per hour in the South to $2.04 per hour in the Northeast in March 2007.
Health care costs were $1.96 in the Midwest and $1.87 in the West.
The proportion of total compensation represented by health benefits was 6.7 percent in the West, 6.9 percent in the South and Northeast, and 7.8 percent in the Midwest.
Nationwide, the average cost for health insurance benefits in private industry was $1.83 per hour worked (7.1 percent of total compensation).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Health benefit costs by region on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jul/wk1/art04.htm (visited May 24, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
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.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.