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.


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Some estimates that include access to paid sick leave benefits were corrected in the BLS database as follows:

  • March 2013 through March 2016 estimates were corrected on 11/6/2017
  • March 2010 through March 2012 estimates were corrected on 12/7/2017

For additional information see

Latest Benefits News Release

Civilian workers' participation rate in medical care benefits is 52% in March 2017


Retirement and medical care benefits were available to 70 percent of civilian workers in March 2017. About two-thirds of private industry workers and 9 out of 10 state and local government workers had access to these benefits.


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.
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Annual Bulletin on Benefit Coverage

National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2017

September 2017
Bulletin 2787
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Tables organized by ownership

Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2017 (Tab view)

Tables organized by benefit

Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2017 (Tab view)


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Appendix table 1 (HTML) (PDF)

Appendix table 2 (HTML) (PDF)


Latest Bulletin on Benefit Plan Details in Private Industry


Latest Bulletin on Health Benefit Plan Details in Government


Latest Bulletin on Retirement Benefit Plan Details in Government

National Compensation Survey: Retirement Plan Provisions in State and Local Government in the United States, 2016

April 2017
Bulletin 2786

To print all tables in bulletin: (PDF of Entire 2016 Benefits Bulletin)




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Appendix table 1 (TXT) (PDF)

Appendix table 2 (TXT) (PDF)


EBS Publications

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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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The Office of Compensation Levels and Trends, Branch of Survey Information and Publications, will be glad to assist you with questions about any of the components of the National Compensation Survey.

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