Infographic: State and Local Government Compensation


This infographic shows visualizations of trends in state and local government employee compensation from 2006 to 2016. Areas of focus include total compensation, compensation breakouts by component, and comparisons to the private sector. Key findings include:

  • Wages and salaries as a portion of total compensation has been declining (from 67 to 63 percent), as health insurance and defined benefit retirement costs have risen. A fourth component of total compensation β€” other benefits β€” has stayed relatively unchanged at 15 to 16 percent.
  • While there has been volatility in individual components of compensation, total compensation has stayed fairly consistent, averaging about a 2 percent increase in employer costs per year.
  • The costs of both health benefit and defined benefit retirement have increased significantly since 2006.
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