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Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Summary


For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Tuesday, September 20, 2022			                    USDL-22-1892

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                       EMPLOYER COSTS FOR EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION - June 2022
                       
Employer costs for employee compensation for civilian workers averaged $41.03 per hour worked in
June 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wage and salary costs averaged
$28.31 and accounted for 69.0 percent of total costs, while benefit costs were $12.72 and accounted
for the remaining 31.0 percent. (See table 1.)

Total employer compensation costs for private industry workers averaged $38.91 per hour worked in 
June 2022. Wage and salary costs averaged $27.44 and accounted for 70.5 percent of employer costs, 
while benefit costs were $11.47 and accounted for 29.5 percent. (See tables 1 and 4.)

State and local government employer costs averaged $55.47 per hour worked. Wages and salaries 
averaged $34.23 per hour worked and represented 61.7 percent of total compensation costs, while 
benefit costs averaged $21.25 and accounted for the remaining 38.3 percent. (See tables 1 and 3.)

Benefit costs for private industry workers ranged from $1.33 per hour worked for retirement 
and savings to $2.96 for insurance. Insurance costs accounted for 7.6 percent of total compensation 
costs. State and local government benefit costs ranged from $0.56 for supplemental pay to 
$7.11 for retirement and savings. Retirement and savings costs accounted for 12.8 percent of total 
compensation costs. (See table 1.) 

Private industry benefit costs

Benefit costs for union workers averaged $20.60 per hour worked and accounted for 40.2 percent of 
total compensation costs. Union worker benefit costs ranged from $1.84 for supplemental pay, 
accounting for 3.6 percent of total compensation costs, to $6.99 for insurance, accounting for 13.6 
percent of total compensation costs. Benefit costs for nonunion workers averaged $10.65 and accounted 
for 28.2 percent of total compensation. Nonunion worker benefit costs ranged from $1.06 for retirement 
and savings, accounting for 2.8 percent of total compensation costs, to $2.85 for legally required 
benefits, accounting for 7.5 percent of total compensation costs. (See table 5.)

Benefit costs by establishment size ranged from $7.82 per hour worked for establishments with 1-49 
workers, accounting for 24.8 percent of total compensation costs, to $19.41 for establishments with 500 
workers or more, accounting for 35.0 percent of total compensation costs. (See table 6.)

For establishments with 1-49 workers, benefit costs ranged from $0.69 per hour worked for 
retirement and savings, accounting for 2.2 percent of total compensation costs, to $2.57 for legally 
required benefits, accounting for 8.2 percent of total compensation costs. For establishments with 500 
workers or more, benefit costs ranged from $2.75 for retirement and savings, accounting for 
5.0 percent of total compensation costs, to $5.10 for insurance, accounting for 9.2 percent of total 
compensation costs. (See table 6.)

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation for September 2022 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, 
December 15, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Last Modified Date: September 20, 2022