Employer cost for employee compensation $29.63 per hour, December 2013

March 13, 2014

Nationwide, private industry employers spent an average of $29.63 per hour worked for total employee compensation in December 2013. Wages and salaries averaged $20.76 per hour worked (and accounted for 70.1 percent of total employee compensation costs), while total benefits costs averaged $8.87 (accounting for the remaining 29.9 percent).



Employer costs per hour worked for employee compensation, private industry, by region, December 2013
Compensation componentUnited StatesNortheastWestMidwestSouth

Total compensation


  Total benefits


    Paid leave


    Supplemental pay




    Retirement and savings


    Legally required benefits


  Wages and salaries



Note: The sum of individual items may not equal totals due to rounding.



Total benefits costs consist of paid leave benefits (which averaged $2.05 per hour worked), supplemental pay (which averaged 85 cents per hour worked), insurance benefits ($2.45), retirement and savings ($1.10), and legally required benefits ($2.43).

By region, total employee compensation costs per hour worked in December 2013 ranged from $26.93 in the South to $33.87 in the Northeast. Wages and salaries ranged from the South's $19.20 to the Northeast's $23.25. Total benefits costs were $7.73 and $10.61, respectively, in these two regions.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. To learn more, see "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation — December 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-0390.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employer cost for employee compensation $29.63 per hour, December 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140313.htm (visited October 13, 2015).


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