EBRI Benefit Overview FAQ | Chart Data Overview Question 1, Figure A

FAQs About Benefits—General Overview

How much do benefits cost employers?

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Employer Benefit Costs, All Civilian Workers
 Cost per
Hour Worked
% of
Payroll
1991 $4.65 28.2%
1992 $4.94 28.6%
1993 $5.20 29.1%
1994 $5.35 29.2%
1995 $5.24 28.8%
1996 $5.32 28.5%
1997 $5.37 28.0%
1998 $5.47 27.7%
1999 $5.58 27.5%
2000 $5.80 27.4%
2001 $6.08 27.4%
2002 $6.39 27.6%
2003 $6.76 28.2%
2004 $7.23 29.0%
2005 $7.87 29.8%
2006* $8.04 29.9%
2007* $8.49 30.2%
2008* $8.81 30.2%
2009* $8.88 30.2%
2010* $9.02 30.3%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation.
*As of December of the year.


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