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Employee Benefits provides comprehensive data collected as part of the National Compensation Survey. Data include estimates on the percentage of workers with access to and participating in employer provided benefit plans, as well as details of what those plans provide.

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Civilian Workers, Compensation

Access to defined contribution retirement plans 63% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to defined benefit retirement plans 24% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid holiday 79% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid vacation 77% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid sick leave 80% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid family leave 27% in 2023 Historical Data

Participating in medical care plans 49% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to wellness programs 46% in 2023 Historical Data

Private industry workers

Access to defined contribution retirement plans 67% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to defined benefit retirement plans 15% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid holiday 80% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid vacation 79% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid sick leave 78% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid family leave 27% in 2023 Historical Data

Participating in medical care plans 46% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to wellness programs 43% in 2023 Historical Data

State and local government workers

Access to defined contribution retirement plans 39% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to defined benefit retirement plans 86% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid holiday 67% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid vacation 60% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid sick leave 92% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to paid family leave 28% in 2023 Historical Data

Participating in medical care plans 67% in 2023 Historical Data

Access to wellness programs 63% in 2023 Historical Data

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Retirement benefits are available to 94% of private industry union workers in March 2023

09/21/2023

Retirement benefits were available to 94 percent of private industry union workers. Sixty-six percent of private industry union workers had access to defined benefit plans and 63 percent had access to defined contribution plans.
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The Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2024 is scheduled to be released on September 19, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Publications

Spotlight on Statistics

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Union Membership, Activity, and Compensation in 2022

In 2022, 10.1 percent of workers in the United States belonged to a union. This Spotlight on Statistics focuses on union membership, strike activity, and compensation in 2022. read more »

The Economics Daily

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Characteristics of defined benefit retirement plans in 2022

In March 2022, 15 percent of private industry workers had access to defined benefit retirement plans, and 11 percent participated in these plans. Among private industry workers participating in defined benefit plans, 37 percent participated in plans that were open to new employees. read more »

Beyond the Numbers

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How do retirement plans for private industry and state and local government workers compare?

The National Compensation Survey (NCS) produces two annual publications that provide a rich amount of information on retirement plans. How retirement plans differ between private industry workers and state and local government workers is a major point of interest. What type of plans are offered to workers? Are plan characteristics different or basically the same? read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Employee access to sick leave before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) National Compensation Survey and two BLS supplemental surveys, this article examines changes to sick leave provisions and use before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. read more »

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