National Association of State Retirement Administrators


Compensation

Wages and Salaries

Wages and salaries for state and local government workers increased by 2.4 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2021, according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This rate of growth is approximately 33 percent higher than the rate of annualized growth reported for the 12-month period ending September 2020, and marks the first quarter of annualized growth above 2.0 percent following four consecutive quarters of annualized growth below 2.0 percent.

Wages for private sector workers increased by 4.6 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2021, which is the highest rate of increase in the measurement period. 
Annualized Quarterly Change in Wage and Salary Costs
for Private and State and Local Government Employees, 2001-2021


Benefits

The cost of state and local government employee benefits increased by 2.1 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2021, according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The cost of private-sector employee benefits grew by 2.6 percent for the same time period.
Annualized Quarterly Change in Benefit Costs
for Private and State and Local Government Employees, 2001-2021
Compiled by NASRA based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data is sourced from the BLS Employment Cost Index program, which is a quarterly survey of establishments measuring the change in employer costs for labor, independent of employment shifts. The ECI survey reference period is the pay period that includes the 12th day of the month. 

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