The NCS also provides benefits incidence data on the percentage of workers with access to and participating in employer provided benefit plans. The survey covers a broad range of benefits including holidays and vacations, sick leave, health and life insurance, and retirement plans. Details of employer-provided health and retirement plan provisions are also provided.
Small establishments in private industry provided access for medical care benefits to 55 percent of workers in March 2018. These benefits were available to 83 percent of workers in medium size establishments and 88 percent in large establishments.
Compensation costs increased 0.7 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from December 2018 to March 2019. Over the year, compensation rose 2.8 percent, with wages and salaries rising 2.9 percent, and benefit costs rising 2.6 percent.
Employer costs for civilian workers averaged $25.22 per hour worked for wages
and salaries and $11.55 for benefits in March 2019. Health insurance was the
largest employer benefit cost at $3.06, accounting for 8.3 percent of total
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