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.
The participation rate for employer-sponsored medical care benefits for civilian workers was 52 percent in March 2016. The participation rate was 49 percent for private workers and 73 percent for state and local government workers.
Compensation costs increased 0.6 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted,
from June 2016 to September 2016. Over the year, compensation rose 2.3 percent,
with wages and salaries up 2.4 percent and benefits up 2.3 percent.
Employer costs for state and local government workers averaged $29.06 per hour worked for
wages and salaries and $16.87 for benefits in September 2016. State and local government
health benefit costs averaged $5.41 per hour worked.
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