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Employer Costs for Employee Compensation

The Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) measures the average employer cost per employee hour worked for total compensation, wages and salaries, and benefits, and costs as a percent of total compensation. These data are collected through the National Compensation Survey (NCS) and provide information about average compensation in the economy at a point in time.

Employer costs are available for 23 different benefits, including paid leave—vacation, holiday, sick, and personal leave; supplemental pay—overtime and premium, shift differentials, and nonproduction bonuses; insurance—life, health, short-term and long-term disability; retirement and savings— defined benefit and defined contribution; and legally required benefits—Social Security, Medicare, federal and state unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.


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EMPLOYER COSTS FOR EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION (ECEC)News Release
Total compensation: per hour worked

Civilian workers $43.93 in 3rd Qtr of 2023 Historical Data

Private industry workers $41.53 in 3rd Qtr of 2023 Historical Data

State and local government workers $59.90 in 3rd Qtr of 2023 Historical Data

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News Releases

//ECEC Charts ZUNI3PO 02142024// Private industry compensation costs average $38.07 per...

02/14/2024

//ECEC Charts ZUNI3PO 02142024// Wage and salary costs for private industry workers averaged $26.86 per hour.
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Next Release

The Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) February 2024 is scheduled to be released on February 16, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

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