The NCS also provides benefits incidence data on the percentage of workers with access to and participating in employer provided benefit plans. The survey covers a broad range of benefits including holidays and vacations, sick leave, health and life insurance, and retirement plans. Details of employer-provided health and retirement plan provisions are also provided.
Small establishments in private industry provided access for medical care benefits to 55 percent of workers in March 2018. These benefits were available to 83 percent of workers in medium size establishments and 88 percent in large establishments.
Compensation costs increased 0.7 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from September 2018 to December 2018. Over the year, compensation rose 2.9 percent, wages and salaries rose 3.1 percent, and benefit costs rose 2.8 percent.
Employer costs for civilian workers averaged $24.91 per hour worked for wages and salaries and $11.41 for benefits
in December 2018. Supplemental pay benefit costs for civilian workers averaged $1.01 per hour worked.
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