The latest BLS News Release showing total compensation costs for private industry workers in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia metropolitan area is now available online at http://www.bls.gov/ro9/eciseat.pdf.
This data is from the Employment Cost Index, a quarterly survey which measures changes in labor costs (employee wages and employee benefits) over time. Items of note include:
- Total compensation costs (wages + benefits) for private industry workers increased 3.3% from September 2011 to September 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 2.0%
- Seattle had the largest total compensation % increase of the 4 large metropolitan areas in the West (Seattle – 3.3%, San Jose – 2.6%, Los Angeles – 1.8%, Phoenix – 0.2%)
- Local wages and salaries increased 1.9% over the year, compared to the U.S. average of 1.8%
- Nationally, total compensation costs rose 2.0% over the year in private industry, and 1.8% in state and local government*
- In the United States, wages and salaries averaged about 70% of total employee compensation, with benefits making up the remaining 30%*
*To view the national news release for the September 2012 Employment Cost Index visit: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/eci.pdf