Data Bank Focus: Retirement Benefit Costs

By Betsy Shepherd

Feb. 8, 2012

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an employer’s total cost for employee compensation increased by 2.5 percent from 2009 to 2011. Higher costs for retirement benefits, primarily employerprovided benefits programs, contributed to an overall cost increase of 74 cents per hour worked over that time frame. Pay represents roughly 79 percent of total compensation costs with insurance and retirement taking up the balance at roughly 21 percent. However, pay represents only 59 percent of the increase in costs, with insurance and retirement benefits representing 38 percent.

Workforce Management, February 2012, p. 16-17

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