The Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently released the National Compensation Survey, Employee Benefits in Private Industry in the United States, March 2007 (PDF). This 39-page report provides data from the 2007 survey on incidence and provisions of all private establishments. It is the first release of data on employee benefits under new industry and occupational classifications. National data is offered, as well as breakdowns by broad occupational groups, full- and part-time status, union and nonunion status, workers with average wages under and over $15 per hour, goods-producing and service-providing industries, employers with fewer than 100 workers and more than 100 workers, and geographical breakdowns by areas and by metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Some of the major national findings include:

  • 77% of employees have paid holidays and vacations
  • 49% of the workers had paid military leave
  • 60% or private employers offer health insurance. Most plans require employee contributions
  • Employee contributions for medical care premiums averaged $81.37 per month for single coverage, and $312.78 per month for family coverage
  • Employer premiums for medical care plans averaged $293.25 a month per participant for single coverage and $664.04 for family coverage
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA) were available to 8% of workers
  • 58% of workers had access to life insurance, and of those, 56% participated
  • Short- and long-term disability benefits were available to 39% and 31% percent of workers, respectively. When available, most workers participate
  • One-third of all establishments with 100 workers or more offered a defined benefit plan to their employees, compared to only one out of every 10 establishments with fewer than 100 workers.

Hat tip to Brent Hunsberger of At Work for alerting us to this release.


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