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In March 2000, employer costs for employee compensation for civilian workers in the United States averaged $21.16 per hour worked.
Wages and salaries, which averaged $15.36, accounted for approximately 73 percent of these costs, while benefits, which averaged $5.80, accounted for the remaining 27 percent.
Legally required benefits were $1.67 per hour on average, representing the largest non-wage employer cost. Employer costs for paid leave benefits were $1.42 per hour, insurance benefits $1.36 per hour, and retirement and savings benefits 77 cents per hour.
These data are a product of the BLS Employment Cost Trends program. Additional information is available from "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, March 2000," news release USDL 00-186. Civilian workers include private industry and State and local government workers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Average compensation $21.16 per hour at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/jun/wk4/art05.htm (visited March 22, 2023).