Infographic: What employees cost employers partially depends on region and business size.
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In the private sector, it take just over $34 an hour to employ a worker, including compensation and benefits. But the cost of employees varies widely depending on company location, size and other factors. Average cost per worker per hour worked $ Wages & salaries: $23.79
Total: $34.14 % Wages & salaries: 69.5%
Health insurance: 7.5%
Paid leave: 7%
Supplemental pay: 3.9%
Retirement & savings plans: 3.8% Regional differences Northeast: $41.48
South: $30.68 Company size 500+ employees: $49.16
100-499 employees: $34.76
50-99 employees: $30.92 * Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, for private industry as of March 2018.