Total employer costs for employee compensation $31.09 per hour worked in March 2013

June 13, 2013

Employer costs for employee compensation averaged $31.09 per hour worked in March 2013. Wages and salaries averaged $21.50 per hour worked and accounted for 69.1 percent of these costs, while benefits averaged $9.59 and accounted for the remaining 30.9 percent. 

Employer cost per hour worked for employee compensation, civilian, state and local government, and private industry workers and selected occupation groups, March 2013
Compensation componentCivilian workers
Total, civilian workersState and local governmentPrivate industry
Total, private industryManagement,
professional, and related
Sales and office Service 





Wages and salaries


Total employer compensation costs per hour worked averaged $42.12 for state and local government workers and $29.13 for private industry workers in March 2013. Among the occupation groups in private industry, management, professional, and related occupations had the highest total employer compensation costs at $51.28 per hour worked.

The total private industry benefit costs of $8.66 per hour worked included costs for paid leave that averaged $2.01 per hour worked (6.9 percent of total compensation); for supplemental pay, 81 cents (2.8 percent); for insurance benefits, $2.40 (8.2 percent); for retirement and savings, $1.06 (3.6 percent); and for legally required benefits, $2.39 (8.2 percent).

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. To learn more, see “Employer Costs for Employee Compensation — March 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-1140.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Total employer costs for employee compensation $31.09 per hour worked in March 2013 on the Internet at (visited September 24, 2016).


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