The Employment Cost Index (ECI) component of the National Compensation Survey (NCS) is a Principal Federal Economic Indicator that measures changes in labor costs. Average hourly costs for employee compensation are presented in the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) series.
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.
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Retirement benefits were available to 91 percent of state and local government workers. Sixty-nine percent of workers in
the lowest 10 percent wage category and 95 percent of workers in the highest 10 percent wage category had access.
Compensation costs rose 0.8 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from December 2019 to March 2020. Over the year, compensation rose 2.8 percent, with wages and salaries rising 3.1 percent and benefit costs increasing 2.1 percent.
Employer costs for civilian workers averaged $25.91 per hour worked for wages and salaries and $11.82 for benefits in March 2020. Compensation costs were $13.15 at the 10th wage percentile, $28.40 at the median, and $74.17 at the 90th percentile.
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TOTAL COMPENSATION: 3-month % change (SA)
TOTAL COMPENSATION: 12-month % change (NSA)
Total compensation: per hour worked