Private industry paid $2.49 an hour for benefits in DecemberNews added by Benefits Pro on March 17, 2014

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By Paula Aven Gladych

In December, it cost private industry $2.49 per hour worked to offer Social Security, retirement and savings benefits to employees, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Social Security accounted for $1.39 per hour, or 4.7 percent of total compensation, while retirement and savings benefits accounted for $1.10 per hour, or 3.7 percent of compensation.

Private industry employers spent an average of $29.63 per hour worked for total employee compensation in December, according to BLS. Wages and salaries averaged $20.76 per hour worked and accounted for 70.1 percent of these costs, while benefits averaged $8.87 and accounted for the remaining 29.9 percent.

Total compensation costs for state and local government workers averaged $42.89 per hour worked in December 2013. Total employer compensation costs for civilian workers, which include private industry and state and local government workers, averaged $31.57 per hour worked in December 2013.

According to the BLS, legally required benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare, are often directly linked to wages; therefore, higher paid occupations or industries will typically show higher cost estimates for this compensation component.

Private industry employer costs averaged $2.45 per hour worked for insurance benefits such as life, health and disability, or 8.3 percent of total compensation.

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