Employee wages second highest in the west

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The latest employee compensation Bureau of Labor Statistics shows private industry employee compensation ranged from $24.72 an hour in the southern United States to $32.13 in the northeast during March.

In the midwest, employer costs were $26.75, and $29.52 in the west.

For the first time, total compensation and benefits costs are available for 15 metropolitan areas across the four regions of the country.

For instance, total compensation ranged from $38.62 for Boston-Worcester-Manchester, Mass.-N.H; to $24.00 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla.

At the upper end of the range, employer costs for wages and salaries in San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland,
Calif. were $27.10 per hour worked and employer costs for benefits only in Boston-Worcester-Manchester,
Mass.-N.H. were $12.36 per hour.

Nationally, overall compensation costs among private industry employers averaged $27.73 per hour worked in March. At $19.58, wages and salaries accounted for nearly 71 percent. Benefits, at $8.15, comprised more than 29 percent.

To view the full report, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.