Hourly compensation costs total $53.61 in San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland in March 2017

June 13, 2017

In March 2017, private industry employer costs per hour worked for employee compensation totaled $53.61 in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, California, area. Hourly employer costs for wages and salaries were $37.47, and hourly employer costs for benefits were $16.13. Private industry employer costs for total compensation were also greater than $40.00 per hour in the New York-Newark-Bridgeport, New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania, area ($46.10) and the Boston-Worcester-Manchester, Massachusetts-New Hampshire, area ($43.94).

Employer costs per hour worked for employee compensation, private industry workers, selected metropolitan areas, March 2017
Metropolitan area Wages and salaries Total benefits Total compensation
Cost Percent Cost Percent Cost Percent

United States

$23.06 69.6% $10.06 30.4% $33.11 100.0%

Northeast

           

Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH

$30.83 70.2% $13.11 29.8% $43.94 100.0%

New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA

30.48 66.1 15.62 33.9 46.10 100.0

Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD

24.73 69.1 11.06 30.9 35.79 100.0

South

           

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL

$24.13 70.2% $10.26 29.8% $34.39 100.0%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

22.10 73.4 8.02 26.6 30.13 100.0

Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX

24.63 70.1 10.49 29.9 35.12 100.0

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

20.35 72.2 7.85 27.8 28.20 100.0

Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA

27.18 70.0 11.66 30.0 38.83 100.0

Midwest

           

Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI

$25.17 69.4% $11.12 30.6% $36.29 100.0%

Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI

25.31 68.9 11.44 31.1 36.75 100.0

Minneapolis-St Paul-St Cloud, MN-WI

25.15 71.0 10.27 29.0 35.42 100.0

West

           

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA

$25.28 70.8% $10.42 29.2% $35.70 100.0%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

22.37 72.7 8.41 27.3 30.78 100.0

San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA

37.47 69.9 16.13 30.1 53.61 100.0

Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA

27.26 70.3 11.50 29.7 38.76 100.0

Total compensation costs in March 2017 were lower than $30.00 per hour in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida, area ($28.20). Hourly costs for wages and salaries were $20.35, and hourly costs for benefits were $7.85.

Nationwide, total employer compensation costs for private industry workers averaged $33.11 per hour worked. Wages and salaries averaged $23.06 per hour, while benefits averaged $10.06.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation—March 2017" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hourly compensation costs total $53.61 in San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland in March 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/hourly-compensation-costs-total-53-dollars-and-61-cents-in-san-jose-san-francisco-oakland-in-march-2017.htm (visited August 23, 2017).

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