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Compensation costs in leisure and hospitality up 6.9 percent for year ended September 2021

November 02, 2021

For the year ended September 2021, compensation costs for private industry workers increased 4.1 percent, compared with an increase of 2.4 percent for the year ended September 2020. Compensation costs for workers in the leisure and hospitality industry increased 6.9 percent from September 2020 to September 2021, compared with an increase of 4.1 percent for the 12 months ended September 2020. 

12-month percent change in total compensation for private industry workers, by occupational group, industry, bargaining status, and region, Sept. 2020 and Sept. 2021
Occupational group, industry, bargaining status, and region Year ended Sept. 2021 Year ended Sept. 2020

All workers

4.1% 2.4%

Occupational group

Management, professional, and related

3.2 1.9

Sales and office

4.7 2.5

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

3.5 2.4

Production, transportation, and material moving

4.4 3.3

Service occupations

6.1 3.7



3.0 2.4


3.6 2.3

Wholesale trade

4.3 2.4

Retail trade

5.3 2.7

Transportation and warehousing

3.2 3.1


2.9 2.3


3.5 2.7

Financial activities

4.5 2.3

Professional and business services

3.7 2.2

Educational services

2.9 1.7

Health care and social assistance

3.5 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

6.9 4.1

Other services, except public administration

4.7 2.8

Bargaining status


3.1 3.0


4.1 2.4



3.7 2.2


4.5 2.3


3.8 2.4


3.9 2.8

For major occupational groups, compensation cost increases for the 12-month period ending in September 2021 ranged from 3.2 percent for management, professional, and related occupations to 6.1 percent for service occupations.

The South was the only U.S. region with an increase in compensation costs above 4.0 percent for the year ended September 2021, at 4.5 percent.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. They are not seasonally adjusted and not adjusted for changes in consumer prices. To learn more, see “Employment Cost Index — September 2021.” Also, see more charts on the Employment Cost Index. Compensation costs include wages and salaries and benefits. Private industry workers exclude employees of state and local government.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation costs in leisure and hospitality up 6.9 percent for year ended September 2021 at (visited June 24, 2024).

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