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.
The participation rate for employer-sponsored medical care benefits for civilian workers was 52 percent in March 2016. The participation rate was 49 percent for private workers and 73 percent for state and local government workers.
Compensation costs increased 0.8 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted,
from December 2016 to March 2017. Over the year, compensation rose 2.4 percent,
wages and salaries are up 2.5 percent, and benefits rose 2.2 percent.
Employer costs for civilian workers averaged $24.10 per hour worked for wages and salaries and $11.18 for benefits in March 2017. Health insurance was the largest employer benefit cost at $2.94, accounting for 8.3 percent of total compensation costs.
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