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

FAQs About Benefits—General Overview

How much do benefits cost employers?

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Changing Benefit Costs, All Civilian Workers
(as % of Total Compensation)
 RetirementHealth
1991 4.0% 6.1%
1992 3.9% 6.6%
1993 3.9% 6.8%
1994 4.0% 7.0%
1995 3.9% 6.5%
1996 4.0% 6.3%
1997 3.9% 5.9%
1998 3.8% 5.8%
1999 3.7% 5.8%
2000 3.6% 5.9%
2001 3.5% 6.1%
2002 3.5% 6.5%
2003 3.6% 6.9%
2004 4.0% 7.2%
2005 4.3% 7.5%
2006* 4.3% 7.6%
2007* 4.4% 7.8%
2008* 4.4% 7.9%
2009* 4.4% 8.2%
2010* 4.5% 8.4%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation.
*As of December of the year.


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