Employers paid an average of $2.60 per hour to provide health benefits to their workers in March 2012. A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that small private employers (with fewer than 50 employees) paid an average of $1.40 per hour worked.
Overall, private industry employers paid $4.95 on average for unionized workers’ benefits, and $1.92 per hour to cover nonunion workers.
The report, which is based on the "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation" survey, is issued four times a year. Benefits are tallied in various categories including ownership, occupation, establishment size, geographic region, and bargaining status.