2019 Employee Benefits

U.S. Employee Benefits in 2019


​The 2019 Employee Benefits Survey, administered by SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, in April 2019, assessed the prevalence of more than 250 benefits. Human resource professionals were asked whether their organizations formally offered each benefit. This report also provides data on the prevalence of benefits over the past five years. 

Executive Summary and Topical Benefits Reports PDFs

See Executive Summary for full benefits tables.

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Key Findings

Employers were more likely to increase offerings in all benefits categories than to decrease offerings. No more than 3% of organizations decreased benefits in any category since 2018. 

Though benefits changed relatively little between 2018 and 2019, there were impacts on the benefits landscape from rising health insurance costs, the competition for talent, the multi-generational workforce, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Other Benefits Resources

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