The National Compensation Survey produces quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs, Employment Cost Index (ECI), and quarterly data measuring level of average costs per hour worked, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC).

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  • The Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) September 2018 is scheduled to be released on December 14, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Employment Cost Index (ECI) for December 2018 is scheduled to be released on January 31, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

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Compensation costs up 0.8% Jun 2018 to Sep 2018 and up 2.8% over the year ending Sep 2018


Compensation costs increased 0.8 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from June 2018 to September 2018. Over the year, compensation rose 2.8 percent, wages and salaries rose 2.9 percent, and benefit costs rose 2.6 percent.
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Civilian compensation costs average $36.22 per hour worked in June 2018


Employer costs for civilian workers averaged $24.72 per hour worked for wages and salaries and $11.50 for benefits in June 2018. Retirement and savings costs averaged $1.93 per hour worked, accounting for 5.3 percent of total compensation costs.

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  • National Compensation Survey—comprehensive measures of occupational hourly wages; compensation cost trends; and benefit incidence and detail plan provisions.
  • Benefits—comprehensive data on incidence and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.
  • Work Stoppages—monthly and annual data and analysis of major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers.
  • Occupational Requirements Survey—job-related information regarding the requirements of work.
  • Modeled Wage Estimates—annual estimates of average hourly wages for occupations by selected job characteristics and within geographical location.
  • Compensation Research and Program Development Group—carries out research that addresses methodological, conceptual, and technical issues of concern to the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions (OCWC), which includes the National Compensation Survey, and the Workplace Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities Programs, and other Bureau programs.
  • Consumer Price Indexes—monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
  • Occupational Employment Statistics—data on employment and wages for over 800 occupations and for about 400 nonfarm industries for the nation, plus occupational data for States and metropolitan areas.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook—data for 250 occupations, by nature of the work, working conditions, employment, job outlook and earnings, related occupations, sources of additional information, and training, other qualifications, and advancement.
  • Producer Price Indexes—monthly data on changes in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services.
  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages—comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and geographic area for workers covered by State Unemployment Insurance laws.
  • Monthly Labor Review—principal journal of fact, analysis, and research from the Bureau.
  • Occupational Classification System Manual—system used by the Bureau to classify workers into occupational categories prior to implementation of the Standard Occupational Classification.
  • Standard Occupational Classification—system used by Federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data.

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