Employer costs for employee compensation for private industry workers averaged $34.77 per hour worked in September 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages and salaries averaged $24.38 per hour worked and accounted for 70.1 percent of these costs.
Benefit costs averaged $10.38 and accounted for the remaining 29.9 percent.
In the utilities industry, total compensation costs averaged $63.68 per hour worked in September; benefits accounted for 39.6 percent of compensation costs in the industry.
Total employer compensation costs in leisure and hospitality averaged $15.80 per hour worked in September. Benefits accounted for 21.5 percent of this total.