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National Compensation Survey - Wages
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With the enactment of the 2011 Federal budget, the Locality Pay Survey (LPS) portion of the National Compensation Survey (NCS) was eliminated. Occupational data by locality will still be available through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program.

To continue to meet the requirement of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990, data from the OES and NCS programs will be used collaboratively. OES will provide wage data by occupations for all localities nationwide with the NCS providing detailed worker characteristics such as work levels, and part time or full time work schedules. For the history of how BLS occupational wage surveys were used for federal pay comparability, see

For information on historical NCS publications, see the archives links below.

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Archived Databases

Beginning with NCS data published after September 2006, occupations were classified using SOC and industries using NAICS. NCS data prior to the conversion to SOC and NAICS were classified using the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and the Census of Population. Data are available from 1997 through 2006.

The NCS data queries can only extract wage data for civilian, full-time workers. Separate estimates for private industry, state and local government, all workers, and part-time workers are not available through the query system. Complete data for reference dates of December 2006 through December 2010 are also available in flat text files. Complete NCS data from archived bulletins can be obtained at

Database Name Special
Tables Text Files
National Compensation Survey 2006-2010 (NAICS & SOC)
      Multi Screen Data Search icon Tables icon Text Files icon
National Compensation Survey 1997-2006 (SIC & Census of Population)
    One Screen Data Search icon Multi Screen Data Search icon Tables icon Text Files icon


More Tools

  • Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Flat files FTP Site —For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.
  • Wages Search--allows you to search through all National Compensation Survey - Occupational Wage publications and tables that are currently available electronically.


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Related Links to Other BLS Programs

  • Benefits—comprehensive data on incidence and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.
  • Compensation Cost Trends—quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs and quarterly data measuring level of average costs per hour worked.
  • 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—provides 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.

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The Office of Compensation Levels and Trends, Branch of Survey Information and Publications, will be glad to assist you with questions about any of the components of the National Compensation Survey.

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Latest Numbers



TOTAL COMPENSATION: 3-month % change (SA)

Civilian workers
1.2% in 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Private industry workers
1.1% in 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

State and local government workers
1.9% in 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

TOTAL COMPENSATION: 12-month % change (NSA)

Civilian workers
5.0% in 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Private industry workers
5.2% in 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

State and local government workers
4.6% in 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data


Total compensation: per hour worked

Civilian workers
$41.03 in 2nd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Private industry workers
$38.91 in 2nd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

State and local government workers
$55.47 in 2nd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data


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