Employer costs for union workers averaged $46.50 per hour worked in December 2014

March 13, 2015

Private industry employers spent an average of $31.32 per hour worked for employee compensation in December 2014. Wages and salaries averaged $21.72 per hour worked and accounted for 69.4 percent of these costs. Benefits averaged $9.60 and accounted for the remaining 30.6 percent.



Employer costs per hour worked for workers in private industry, by union or nonunion status, December 2014
Compensation category Total private Union Nonunion

Total compensation

$31.32 $46.50 $29.83

Wages and salaries

21.72 27.76 21.13

Paid leave

2.16 3.25 2.05

Supplemental pay

1.10 1.44 1.07

Life insurance

0.04 0.07 0.04

Health insurance

2.39 5.64 2.07

Short-term disability insurance

0.06 0.17 0.05

Long-term disability insurance

0.05 0.13 0.04

Retirement and savings

1.30 4.38 1.00

Legally required benefits

2.50 3.66 2.38

Total compensation costs for union workers averaged $46.50 per hour worked in December 2014. The average for nonunion workers was $29.83. Benefits accounted for 40.3 percent of compensation costs for union workers, compared with 29.2 percent for nonunion workers.

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program. For more information, see "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation — December 2014" (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employer costs for union workers averaged $46.50 per hour worked in December 2014 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employer-costs-for-union-and-nonunion-workers-in-december-2014.htm (visited September 24, 2016).


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