Compensation highlights in trade, transportation, and utilities industries

June 04, 2013

A recent issue of Beyond the Numbers takes a look at wages and employee benefits for workers in the trade, transportation, and utilities industries.

Employment Cost Index data indicate that the increase in total compensation in the 5 years ending in December 2012 for trade, transportation, and utilities industry workers was 10.6 percent, compared with an increase of 10.3 percent for all private industry workers. In December 2012, total compensation costs increased at an annual rate of 2.3 percent for trade, transportation, and utilities workers, compared with a 1.9-percent annual rate for all private industry workers.

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Employment cost index: 12-month percent change in total compensation, private industry workers, December 2007–December 2012 (not seasonally adjusted)
MonthAll private industryTrade, transportation, and utilities

Dec 2007

3.02.4

Mar 2008

3.22.9

Jun 2008

3.03.0

Sep 2008

2.82.8

Dec 2008

2.41.9

Mar 2009

1.91.6

Jun 2009

1.50.7

Sep 2009

1.20.9

Dec 2009

1.21.2

Mar 2010

1.61.9

Jun 2010

1.92.6

Sep 2010

2.02.3

Dec 2010

2.12.4

Mar 2011

2.01.9

Jun 2011

2.32.1

Sep 2011

2.12.4

Dec 2011

2.22.4

Mar 2012

2.12.9

Jun 2012

1.82.5

Sep 2012

2.02.5

Dec 2012

1.92.3


The Employer Costs for Employee Compensation data show quarterly employer costs per hour worked for the various components of compensation, as well as the percent of total compensation that each component makes up.
 

Employer costs per employee hour worked and percent of total compensation for paid leave, insurance, and retirement and savings benefits, private industry, December 2012
Industry groupWages and salaries costBenefits cost

All workers

$20.32$8.57

Trade, transportation, and utilities

17.127.19

Retail trade

13.224.42

Wholesale trade

22.139.31

Transportation and warehousing

22.6412.41

Utilities

35.7923.47

In December 2012, total compensation costs per employee hour worked ranged from $17.64 for workers in retail trade industries to $59.26 for workers in utilities industries.

Employee Benefits in the United States is an annual publication that provides information on the percent of workers who have access to and participate in employer-provided employee benefits.

Percent of workers participating in paid leave, healthcare, and defined contribution and defined benefit retirement, private industry, March 2012
Industry groupPaid holidaysPaid vacationsPaid sick leavePaid personal leaveHealthcare (1)Defined contribution retirementDefined benefit retirement

All workers

77776137554117

Trade, transportation, and utilities

78765935543916

Retail trade

7268493244359

Wholesale trade

90887534694815

Transportation and warehousing

82847142683732

Utilities

98989361907981

Footnotes:
(1) Healthcare includes coverage for one of the following: medical care, dental care, vision care, and outpatient prescription drug coverage.
Note: Workers that have access to paid leave benefits are considered to be participating in those benefits.
 

In March 2012, 68 percent of workers in retail trade industries had access to paid vacations compared with 88 percent of workers in wholesale trade industries. Less than half of retail trade workers participated in healthcare plans, compared with 90 percent of utilities workers who participated in such plans.

These data are from the Employee Benefits Survey. To learn more, see “Compensation highlights in trade, transportation, and utilities industries” (HTML) (PDF), by Eli R. Stoltzfus, Beyond the Numbers, May 2013.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Compensation highlights in trade, transportation, and utilities industries on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130604.htm (visited July 29, 2014).

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