Benefits account for 30.9 percent of employee compensation, September 2013

December 20, 2013

In September 2013, wages and salaries averaged $21.54 per hour worked and accounted for 69.1 percent of total compensation costs, while benefits averaged $9.61 and accounted for the remaining 30.9 percent.

Employer costs as a percent of total compensation, civilian workers, September 2013

Employer costs as a percent of total compensation, civilian workers, September 2013
Compensation componentPercent distribution

Wages and salaries

69.1%

Benefits

30.9%

Insurance

9.0%

Legally required

7.8%

Paid leave

7.0%

Defined benefit

3.0%

Supplemental pay

2.4%

Defined contribution

1.8%

Wages and salaries for private industry workers averaged $20.55 per hour worked in September 2013 and accounted for 70.3 percent of total compensation costs, while benefits averaged $8.68 and accounted for the remaining 29.7 percent.

In September 2013, State and local government employers spent an average of $27.38 per hour worked on employee wages and salaries, accounting for 64.4 percent of total compensation costs. Benefits averaged $15.13 per hour worked and accounted for the remaining 35.6 percent

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. To learn more, see "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation — September 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-2349.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Benefits account for 30.9 percent of employee compensation, September 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131220.htm (visited December 21, 2014).

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