According to the annual Employee Benefits Study of 400 U.S. companies, the breakdown of benefits expenses as a percentage of payroll for 2005 are as follows:
- Medical expenses were $5,924, or 14.5% of payroll in 2005, up 11.9% from the year before;
- Payments for time not worked, such as paid holidays and paid time off, increased by 0.6% to 11.1% of payroll expenditures.
- Retirement expenditures increased slightly to 8.6% of payroll, or $3,612 per employee annually.
Nonprofit firms spent less on benefits than their for-profit counterparts, spending on average 34.8% of total payroll on benefits.
The survey also found that companies in metropolitan areas spent $1,000 more per employee for paid time off and retirement payments than companies in non-metro areas. Metropolitan area firms also outspent non-metro companies in medical benefits payments by nearly $500 per employee.
Source(s): U.S. Chamber of Commerce