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Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Summary


For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Thursday, December 15, 2022			               USDL-22-2307

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                       EMPLOYER COSTS FOR EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION - September 2022
                       
Total employer compensation costs for civilian workers averaged $41.86 per hour worked in September
2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries cost employers $28.88
and accounted for 69.0 percent of total costs, while benefits cost $12.98 and accounted for the
remaining 31.0 percent. (See tables 1 and 2.)

Total employer compensation costs for state and local government averaged $57.02 per hour worked.
Wages and salaries averaged $35.29 per hour worked and represented 61.9 percent of total
compensation costs, while benefit costs averaged $21.73 and accounted for the remaining 38.1 
percent. (See tables 1 and 3.)

Total employer compensation costs for private industry workers averaged $39.61 per hour worked in
September 2022. Wage and salary costs averaged $27.93 and accounted for 70.5 percent of employer
costs, while benefit costs were $11.68 and accounted for 29.5 percent. (See tables 1 and 4.)

Total compensation costs for union workers averaged $53.20 per hour worked in September 2022.
Wage and salary costs averaged $31.95 and accounted for 60.1 percent of total compensation costs,
while benefit costs averaged $21.24 and accounted for 39.9 percent. Total compensation costs for
nonunion workers averaged $38.37 per hour worked. Wage and salary costs averaged $27.56 and
accounted for 71.8 percent of total compensation costs. Benefit costs for nonunion workers averaged
$10.81 and accounted for 28.2 percent of total compensation. (See table 5.) 

Private industry compensation costs by bargaining and work status

Employer benefit costs for union workers ranged from $1.95 per hour worked for supplemental pay,
accounting for 3.7 percent of total compensation costs, to $7.06 for insurance, accounting for 13.3
percent of total compensation costs. Employer benefit costs for nonunion workers included $1.06 for
retirement and savings, accounting for 2.8 percent of total compensation costs, and $2.89 for
legally required benefits, accounting for 7.5 percent of total compensation costs. (See table 5.)

Total compensation costs for workers in goods-producing industries were $43.37 per hour worked,
while compensation costs for workers in service-providing industries were $38.86. Employer costs
for union workers in goods-producing industries were $56.70, while nonunion worker costs were
$40.93. Total compensation costs in service-providing industries averaged $51.64 for union workers
and $37.90 for nonunion workers. (See tables 4 and 5.)

Total compensation costs for full-time workers averaged $45.78 per hour worked, wages and salaries
averaged $31.62, and benefits were $14.17. Part-time workers cost employers $21.28 in total
compensation, $16.98 in wages and salaries, and $4.30 per hour worked in benefits. Full-time
workers within service-providing industries cost employers $46.30, including $32.15 for wages and
salaries, and $14.15 for benefits, while part-time worker costs were $21.20, including $16.93 for
wages and salaries, and $4.27 per hour worked for benefits. (See table 5.)

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation for December 2022 is scheduled to be released on
Friday, March 17, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Last Modified Date: December 15, 2022