The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive measures of occupational wages; employment cost trends, and benefit incidence and detailed plan provisions. Detailed occupational earnings are available for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, broad geographic regions, and on a national basis. The index component of the NCS (ECI) measures changes in labor costs. Average hourly employer cost for employee compensation is presented in the ECEC.

NCS News Releases

Employee Benefits in the United States

August 07, 2008
Two-thirds of private industry and State and local government workers had access to retirement benefits and nearly three-quarters to medical care in March 2008. Access and participation in retirement and medical care benefits were greater in government than in private industry. More...

Employment Cost Index (ECI)

July 31, 2008
Total compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, from March to June 2008, the same as the increase in the previous quarter. For the year ended June 2008, compensation costs rose 3.1 percent; the June 2007 12-month percent increase was 3.3 percent. More...

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC)

September 10, 2008
Employer costs for retirement and savings plans averaged $1.25 per hour worked in June 2008, which accounted for 4.4 percent of total compensation costs. Overall, employers spent an average of $28.48 per hour worked for compensation. Wages and salaries averaged $19.85 and benefits averaged $8.64. More...

Current NCS News Releases

  • Employment Cost Index (ECI) (HTML) (PDF)
    • ECI Archives - Complete set of ECI news releases from 1976.
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employee Benefits in State and Local Government, September 2007 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2008 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Occupational Pay Comparisons Among Metropolitan Areas (HTML) (PDF)
  • Subscribe to the BLS News Service—receive the Employment Cost Index news release and other major economic indicators by e-mail.


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  • Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • National Compensation Search--allows you to search through all the National Compensation Survey publications that are currently available electronically.

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Featured NCS Tables

  • ECI Current-Dollar Historical Listings
  • ECI Constant-Dollar Historical Listings
  • ECI Standard Errors
  • UPDATED ECEC Historical Listing, 2004 to present (Quarterly)-Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (TXT) (PDF 781K) -- Quarterly estimates from March 2004 to the present, with sample establishments classified by industry categories based on the new 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

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Related Links to Other BLS Programs

  • Employment Cost Trends—quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs and quarterly data measuring level of average costs per hour worked.
  • Benefits—comprehensive data on incidence and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.
  • Occupational Employment Statistics—data on employment and wages for over 800 occupations and for about 400 nonfarm industries for the nation, plus occupational data for States and metropolitan areas.
  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages —comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and geographic area for workers covered by State Unemployment Insurance laws.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook—provides data for 250 occupations, by nature of the work, working conditions, employment, job outlook and earnings, related occupations, sources of additional information, and training, other qualifications, and advancement.
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements—data on major work stoppages (lockouts and strikes) and a file of collective bargaining agreements.

Other Useful Links