Compensation costs up 2.3 percent for year ending September 2016

November 01, 2016

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.3 percent for the 12 months ending September 2016. Costs for wages and salaries increased 2.4 percent over that period, while the costs for benefits rose 2.3 percent.

12-month percent changes in employer costs for total compensation, wages and salaries, and benefits, September 2006–September 2016
Quarter Total compensation Wages and salaries Benefits

Sep 2006

3.3 3.2 3.3

Dec 2006

3.3 3.2 3.6

Mar 2007

3.5 3.6 3.1

Jun 2007

3.3 3.4 3.4

Sep 2007

3.3 3.3 3.2

Dec 2007

3.3 3.4 3.1

Mar 2008

3.3 3.2 3.5

Jun 2008

3.1 3.2 2.9

Sep 2008

2.9 3.1 2.6

Dec 2008

2.6 2.7 2.2

Mar 2009

2.1 2.2 2.0

Jun 2009

1.8 1.8 1.8

Sep 2009

1.5 1.5 1.5

Dec 2009

1.4 1.5 1.5

Mar 2010

1.7 1.5 2.2

Jun 2010

1.9 1.6 2.5

Sep 2010

1.9 1.5 2.8

Dec 2010

2.0 1.6 2.9

Mar 2011

2.0 1.6 3.0

Jun 2011

2.2 1.6 3.6

Sep 2011

2.0 1.6 3.2

Dec 2011

2.0 1.4 3.2

Mar 2012

1.9 1.7 2.7

Jun 2012

1.7 1.7 2.1

Sep 2012

1.9 1.7 2.4

Dec 2012

1.9 1.7 2.4

Mar 2013

1.9 1.6 2.4

Jun 2013

1.9 1.7 2.2

Sep 2013

1.9 1.6 2.2

Dec 2013

2.0 1.9 2.2

Mar 2014

1.8 1.6 2.1

Jun 2014

2.0 1.8 2.5

Sep 2014

2.2 2.1 2.4

Dec 2014

2.2 2.1 2.6

Mar 2015

2.6 2.6 2.7

Jun 2015

2.0 2.1 1.8

Sep 2015

2.0 2.1 1.8

Dec 2015

2.0 2.1 1.7

Mar 2016

1.9 2.0 1.7

Jun 2016

2.3 2.5 2.0

Sep 2016

2.3 2.4 2.3

Note: Data are not seasonally adjusted.

Among occupational groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 12-month period ending September 2016 ranged from 1.8 percent for management, professional, and related occupations to 3.2 percent for service occupations.

Among the major industry groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 12 months ending September 2016 ranged from 1.7 percent for professional and business services to 3.6 percent for leisure and hospitality.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Employment Cost Index — September 2016” (HTML) (PDF) and charts related to the Employment Cost Index news release. Civilian workers are all private industry and state and local government workers. Data for the occupational and industry groups are for private industry workers only.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation costs up 2.3 percent for year ending September 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/compensation-costs-up-2-point-3-percent-for-the-year-ending-september-2016.htm (visited September 19, 2017).

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