Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Release: Industry Productivity
Labor compensation, defined as payroll plus supplemental payments, is a measure of the cost to the employer of securing the services of labor. Payroll includes salaries, wages, commissions, dismissal pay, bonuses, vacation and sick leave pay, and compensation in kind. Supplemental payments include both legally required expenditures and payments for voluntary programs. The legally required portion consists primarily of federal old age and survivors’ insurance, unemployment compensation, and workers’ compensation. Payments for voluntary programs include all programs not specifically required by legislation, such as the employer portion of private health insurance and pension plans.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Compensation for Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: Engineering Services (NAICS 54133) in the United States [IPUMN54133U110000000], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/IPUMN54133U110000000, October 18, 2021.