Employer costs for compensation for workers across the nation varied from a low of $25.88 an hour in the south to $32.85 in the northeast regions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employer costs in the West were $29.90 and in the Midwest were $27.66, according to the statistics.
Wages and salaries in the West accounted for 70.9 percent of all compensation costs. Costs for benefits averaged $8.69, representing 29.1 percent of total compensation. Legally required benefits averaged $2.35 an hour worked, accounting for 8.5 percent of total compensation costs. Insurance benefits costs $2.30 an hour worked and represented 71.7 percent of total compensation, while paid leave was $2.04 an hour, or 6.8 percent of all costs.
The compensation figures for the Western region were slightly higher than the national average of $28.57 for hours worked. Wages and salaries made up 70.5 percent of the money paid, while the cost of benefits took up the rest.
Employer costs for compensation measures the average costs to employees for wages and salaries and benefits for every employee hour worked.
The Western division includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.