Employers Pay $2.33 Per Employee Per Hour Worked on Legally-required Employee Benefits
"In December 2011, the average cost to private industry employers for [legally-required employee] benefits was $2.33 per employee hour worked, or 8.1 percent of total employee compensation. Employers are obligated to pay their part of the cost of Social Security, Medicare, federal and state unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation in the form of either a payroll tax or a compulsory insurance premium," according to a 2012 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). How much do private industry employers pay for legally required employee benefits? Program Perspectives, 4(1), 1-4. Retrieved from www.bls.gov.