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Employee Benefits Survey
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At a Glance

Survey description

The Employee Benefits Survey (EBS) is an annual survey of the incidence and provisions of selected benefits provided by employers to their employees. The survey collects data from a sample of approximately 6,000 private sector and State and local government establishments. The data are presented as a percentage of employees who participate in a certain benefit, or as an average benefit provision (for example, the average number of paid holidays provided to employees per year).

The survey collects the provisions of the following benefit areas: Paid holidays, paid vacations, paid personal leave, paid funeral leave, paid military leave, paid jury-duty leave, paid and unpaid family leave, paid sick leave, short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, medical care, dental care, vision care, life insurance, defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution plans, flexible benefit plans, and reimbursement accounts.

Data are also collected on the incidence of the following additional benefits: Severance pay, supplemental unemployment benefits, travel accident insurance, nonproduction cash bonuses, child care, adoption assistance, long-term care insurance, subsidized commuting, flexible work place, wellness programs, fitness center benefits, job-related and non-job-related educational assistance, and employee assistance programs.

EBS data have many uses, including formulating and assessing public policy, and aiding collective bargaining. Among its users are policymakers, corporations, labor organizations and business, researchers, government agencies, and students.

Data available

Survey data published from 1994 through 1996 may be attained electronically from the EBS Home Page. All other data may be attained in hard copy by contacting the program office. The data are available for three different surveys:

Employees Benefits in medium and large private establishments (100 or more employees): 1979-86, 1988-89, 1991, 1993, 1995

Employee Benefits in small private establishments (1-99 employees): 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996

Employee Benefits in State and local governments: 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994

Data are presented for broad occupational groups, by full-time and part-time status of employees, and by union and nonunion workers.


Last Modified Date: January 18, 2007