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Compensation costs were $15.60 at 10th percentile, $78.58 at 90th percentile, in March 2022

July 15, 2022

Employer compensation costs for civilian workers averaged $40.90 per hour worked in March 2022. Compensation costs were $15.60 at the 10th percentile, $31.39 at the 50th percentile (median), and $78.58 at the 90th percentile. After adjusting for consumer price inflation, constant-dollar compensation costs decreased at the 90th percentile from March 2021 to March 2022 and showed no significant difference at either the 10th percentile or the 50th percentile.

Employer costs for employee compensation in constant 2022 dollars, civilian workers, March 2013–22
Year 10th percentile 50th percentile (median) 90th percentile

2013

$12.87 $30.02 $75.14

2014

12.99 30.13 76.55

2015

13.40 31.37 79.36

2016

13.79 31.32 80.05

2017

14.06 31.41 81.46

2018

14.15 31.86 81.42

2019

14.37 31.52 82.13

2020

14.65 31.63 82.62

2021

15.31 31.86 82.35

2022

15.60 31.39 78.58

The constant-dollar 10th percentile compensation costs were $12.87 (in 2022 dollars) in March 2013 and $15.60 in March 2022. The constant-dollar 90th percentile compensation costs were $75.14 in March 2013 and $78.58 in March 2022.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program, part of the National Compensation Survey. The data are not seasonally adjusted. The Consumer Price Index is used to adjust compensation for inflation. To learn more, see Employer Costs for Employee Compensation — March 2022. We have more charts on employer costs for employee compensation. To learn more about compensation percentile estimates, see Compensation Percentiles: A tool for assessing employee compensation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Compensation costs were $15.60 at 10th percentile, $78.58 at 90th percentile, in March 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/compensation-costs-were-15-60-at-10th-percentile-78-58-at-90th-percentile-in-march-2022.htm (visited November 28, 2022).