Employer costs for benefits to union workers up 31 percent over last decade

February 02, 2017

From December 2006 to December 2016, employer benefit costs for private industry workers with union memberships increased 31 percent. Employer costs for benefits to nonunion workers increased 22 percent. For all workers, employer costs for benefits increased 24 percent over this period.

Employment cost indexes by union membership, private industry, December 2006–December 2016 (December 2006 = 100)
Month Union workers Nonunion workers All workers
Wages and salaries Benefits Wages and salaries Benefits Wages and salaries Benefits

Dec 2006

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Mar 2007

100.5 98.3 101.2 100.5 101.1 100.1

Jun 2007

101.4 99.9 101.9 101.4 101.8 101.2

Sep 2007

102.1 100.1 102.8 102.1 102.7 101.8

Dec 2007

102.3 101.5 103.5 102.6 103.3 102.4

Mar 2008

103.1 102.3 104.5 103.5 104.3 103.3

Jun 2008

104.3 102.3 105.2 104.1 105.0 103.8

Sep 2008

105.0 102.9 105.9 104.6 105.7 104.3

Dec 2008

105.7 103.5 106.1 104.6 106.0 104.5

Mar 2009

106.4 105.1 106.5 104.9 106.4 104.9

Jun 2009

107.1 105.9 106.7 105.0 106.7 105.1

Sep 2009

107.7 106.4 107.1 105.2 107.2 105.4

Dec 2009

108.4 106.9 107.4 105.2 107.4 105.4

Mar 2010

109.0 110.2 107.8 106.4 107.9 107.1

Jun 2010

109.6 111.5 108.3 106.9 108.4 107.7

Sep 2010

110.2 112.9 108.8 107.3 108.9 108.3

Dec 2010

110.4 113.1 109.1 107.5 109.3 108.5

Mar 2011

111.0 114.2 109.6 109.4 109.7 110.3

Jun 2011

111.4 117.4 110.2 110.7 110.3 111.9

Sep 2011

112.0 117.1 110.6 110.8 110.8 111.9

Dec 2011

112.3 117.9 110.9 111.2 111.0 112.4

Mar 2012

113.0 117.9 111.5 112.3 111.7 113.4

Jun 2012

113.6 119.3 112.2 112.9 112.3 114.1

Sep 2012

114.3 120.4 112.6 113.1 112.8 114.4

Dec 2012

114.8 120.5 112.8 113.4 113.0 114.6

Mar 2013

115.7 121.5 113.5 114.4 113.7 115.6

Jun 2013

116.3 122.2 114.1 115.0 114.4 116.2

Sep 2013

116.9 122.0 114.6 115.5 114.8 116.7

Dec 2013

117.1 122.2 115.1 115.7 115.3 116.9

Mar 2014

117.8 123.3 115.4 116.5 115.6 117.7

Jun 2014

118.5 126.0 116.4 117.5 116.6 119.0

Sep 2014

119.4 126.6 117.1 118.0 117.4 119.4

Dec 2014

120.3 127.3 117.6 118.3 117.8 119.8

Mar 2015

120.9 128.0 118.5 119.2 118.8 120.8

Jun 2015

121.7 127.0 118.8 119.2 119.1 120.7

Sep 2015

122.0 127.8 119.7 119.5 119.9 121.0

Dec 2015

122.7 128.5 120.0 119.8 120.3 121.3

Mar 2016

123.6 129.6 121.0 120.7 121.2 122.2

Jun 2016

123.9 129.8 122.0 121.2 122.2 122.7

Sep 2016

124.3 130.1 122.6 121.8 122.8 123.2

Dec 2016(p)

124.4 130.6 123.0 122.0 123.2 123.5
Footnotes:

(p)Preliminary.

Employer costs for union workers' wages and salaries increased 24 percent from December 2006 to December 2016, while costs for nonunion workers' wages and salaries increased 23 percent. 

These data are from the Employment Cost Trends program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Employment Cost Index—December 2016" (HTML) (PDF) and charts related to the Employment Cost Index news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employer costs for benefits to union workers up 31 percent over last decade on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/employer-costs-for-benefits-to-union-workers-up-31-percent-over-last-decade.htm (visited July 19, 2019).

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