The Employment Cost Index (ECI) component of the National Compensation Survey (NCS) is a Principal Federal Economic Indicator that measures changes in labor costs. Average hourly costs for employee compensation are presented in the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC) series.
The NCS also provides benefits incidence data on the percentage of workers with access to and participating in employer provided benefit plans. The survey covers a broad range of benefits including holidays and vacations, sick leave, health and life insurance, and retirement plans. Details of employer-provided health and retirement plan provisions are also provided.
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Retirement benefits were available to 91 percent of state and local government workers. Sixty-nine percent of workers in
the lowest 10 percent wage category and 95 percent of workers in the highest 10 percent wage category had access.
Compensation costs increased 0.7 percent for civilian workers, seasonally adjusted, from June 2019 to September 2019. Over the year, compensation rose 2.8 percent, with wages and salaries rising 2.9 percent and benefit costs increasing 2.3 percent.
Wage and salary costs for state and local government workers averaged $32.19 per hour worked and benefit costs averaged $19.47 in September 2019.
Health insurance costs were $5.92 per hour, accounting for 11.5 percent of total compensation costs.
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TOTAL COMPENSATION: 3-month % change (SA)
TOTAL COMPENSATION: 12-month % change (NSA)
Total compensation: per hour worked