The NCS also provides benefits incidence data on the percentage of workers with access to and participating in employer provided benefit plans. The survey covers a broad range of benefits including holidays and vacations, sick leave, health and life insurance, and retirement plans. Details of employer-provided health and retirement plan provisions are also provided.
July 17, 2013
Medical care benefits were available to 85 percent of full-time private industry workers in March
2013 versus 24 percent of part-time workers. Paid sick leave was available to 74 percent of full-
time and 24 percent of part-time workers.
January 31, 2014
Wages and salaries rose 0.6 percent and benefit costs rose 0.6 percent for civilian
workers, seasonally adjusted, from September to December 2013. Over the year,
compensation rose 2.0 percent, wages and salaries rose 1.9 percent, and benefits rose 2.2
March 12, 2014
Private industry employers spent an average of $29.63 per hour worked for employee compensation in
December 2013. Private industry costs averaged $2.05 per hour worked for paid leave benefits and $2.43 for
legally required benefits.
Archived NCS News Releases
- ECI Archives - Complete set of ECI news releases from 1976.
- ECEC Archives - Complete set of ECEC news releases from 1986.
- Employee Benefits—latest benefit news releases.
- Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2011 (TXT) (PDF)
- Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2010 (TXT) (PDF)
- Health Plan Provision in State and Local Government in the United States, 2011 (PDF)
- Employee Benefits in State and Local Government, September 2007 (HTML) (PDF)
- Subscribe to the BLS News Service—receive the Employment Cost Index news release and other major economic indicators by e-mail.
- NCS Regional News Releases
- ECI Regional News Releases
The Office of Compensation Levels and Trends, Branch of Survey Information and Publications, will be glad to assist you with questions about any of the components of the National Compensation Survey.
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