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Compensation costs in private industry averaged $36.64 per hour worked in June 2021

September 24, 2021

Employer costs for employee compensation for private industry workers averaged $36.64 per hour worked in June 2021. Wage and salary costs averaged $25.89 and accounted for 70.6 percent of employer costs, while benefit costs averaged $10.76 and accounted for 29.4 percent.

Employer costs per hour worked for employee compensation of private industry workers, by industry, June 2021
Industry Wages and salaries Total benefits Total compensation

Utilities

42.40 26.44 68.83

Information

38.35 18.95 57.30

Financial activities

35.31 17.12 52.43

Educational services

35.38 13.48 48.86

Professional and business services

32.18 12.56 44.73

Wholesale trade

29.97 12.33 42.30

Construction

28.85 12.38 41.24

Transportation and warehousing

26.94 13.94 40.87

Manufacturing

27.18 13.53 40.71

All workers

25.89 10.76 36.64

Health care and social assistance

25.68 10.90 36.57

Other services

22.58 7.76 30.34

Retail trade

16.89 5.32 22.21

Leisure and hospitality

13.34 3.18 16.53

Total compensation costs in the utilities industry averaged $68.83 per hour worked in June 2021. Wage and salary costs averaged $42.40 and accounted for 61.6 percent of employer costs, while benefit costs averaged $26.44 and accounted for 38.4 percent.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation — June 2021." We also have more charts on employer costs for employee compensation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation costs in private industry averaged $36.64 per hour worked in June 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/compensation-costs-in-private-industry-averaged-36-64-per-hour-worked-in-june-2021.htm (visited October 18, 2021).

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