The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive measures of compensation cost trends, the incidence of benefits, and detailed benefit provisions. This bulletin presents estimates of the detailed provisions of employer-provided health and retirement plans in private industry in 2012.

Under the NCS program, information on the incidence and provision of benefits is published in stages. A bulletin published in September 2013 presented NCS data for civilian, state and local government, and private industry workers on access to and participation in selected benefits. The bulletin also presented detailed provisions of paid holidays, life insurance plans, and some other benefit plans. In addition, the bulletin presented information on employer and employee shares of contributions to medical care premiums and their average amounts.

This bulletin presents detailed provisions of health plans and defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans. Additional tables are included this year on defined contribution plans in private industry.

Questions regarding NCS benefits data can be addressed by calling the information line at (202) 691-6199 or by emailing NCSInfo@bls.gov. Information is available to sensory-impaired individuals on request (Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1 (800) 877-8339). Data requests also may be sent by mail to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Compensation Data Analysis and Planning, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Room 4175, Washington, DC 20212. Material in this publication is in the public domain and, with appropriate credit, may be reproduced without permission.


Last Modified Date: December 13, 2013