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Labor Market Information Center

Employee Benefits



Employee benefits are various types of non-wage compensation provided to employees in addition to their normal wages or salaries. Employers offer benefits to improve worker recruitment and retention, an especially important factor in today’s tight labor market. Information about employee benefits is useful not only to employers who want to be competitive, but also to job seekers, students and other career planners, vocational counselors and policy makers.

The Labor Market Information Center of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation conducted a study of employee benefits being offered by South Dakota private sector employers. The survey was conducted over the last few months of 2018, with resulting data published on this website in early 2019. The 2019 South Dakota Employee Benefits Survey helps provide insight into what benefits are being offered in our state along with an idea of the costs employers face to offer certain benefits.

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