Employer Costs for Employee Compensation

The Department of Labor released an article about 2020 Employer Costs for Employee Compensation on March 18, 2021. This report is a good guide for total employer cost for employee compensation and the break-outs for wages/salaries and benefits as a percentage of the total employee cost. The following table provides this information based on civilian, state and local governments and private sector groups.

Civilian Workers

Total Cost$38.60
 Wages/Salaries$26.5368.7%
 Benefits$12.0731.3%
  Paid Leave

7.4%

  Supplemental

3.0%

  Insurance

8.5%

  Retirement

5.2%

  Legally Required Benefits

7.2%

State and Local Government Workers

Total Cost$53.47
 Wages/Salaries$33.0861.9%
 Benefits$20.3938.1%
  Paid Leave

7.6%

  Supplemental

1.0%

  Insurance

11.7%

  Retirement

12.4%

  Legally Required Benefits

5.5%

Private Industry Workers

Total Cost$36.23
 Wages/Salaries$25.4870.3%
 Benefits$10.7429.7%
  Paid Leave

7.4%

  Supplemental

3.5%

  Insurance

7.8%

  Retirement

3.4%

  Legally Required Benefits

7.6%

The Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics is an excellent resource for total employer costs for employee compensation and breakout subtotal employer costs by employee groups and industry sectors within the three above noted worker groups. Happy researching!

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