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National Compensation Measures: Overview

The National Compensation Survey (NCS) is an establishment-based survey that provides comprehensive measures of (1) employer costs for employee compensation, including wages and salaries, and benefits, (2) compensation trends, and (3) the incidence of employer-sponsored benefits among workers. The NCS also collects data and produces estimates on the provisions of selected employer-sponsored benefit plans.

Quick Facts: National Compensation Measures
Subject areas Pay, Benefits
Key measures
  • Employment Cost Index (ECI)
  • Incidence and provision of employee benefits
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC)
How the data are obtained
Classification Occupation, Industry
Periodicity of data availability Quarterly, Annual
Geographic detail National, Census region
Scope Private sector, State and local government
Key products
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: December 15, 2017