How does the U.S. Compare on Benefits and Compensation? The Good and Bad News

Employee Benefits (via Sanborn Career)This post has been guest authored by the folks at Betterteam, a web-based applicant tracking system where you can manage all your candidate applications and resumes in one easy-to-use online database.

Ever asked yourself how the United States compares to other countries when it comes to benefits and compensation?

The answer turns out to be pretty interesting. Betterteam, as part of their new hire checklist, has created the infographic below that takes a look at some interesting statistics – with a 2016 election twist. When it comes to benefits, the U.S. doesn’t stack up so well. We’re one of the worst when it comes to paternity leave, among the 4 countries that offers no guaranteed paid leave. Compare that with Sweden or South Korea, where employees enjoy more than 1 year paternity leave.

We rank #1 in health care in an unfortunate category – we’re paying the most, at $8,713 per capita. Interestingly, there is some discrepancy in how HR professionals and employees see benefits and compensation – with HR seeing them as better than employees do.

When it comes to salaries, it turns out we do have something to wave our flags for. We rank #1, with a whopping 56 percent of Americans considered “wealthy” when compared to the rest of the world, where just 3 percent fall into this category.

Check out the infographic below for more interesting statistics.

Benefits and Compensation in the US by Betterteam


Elizabeth is a strategic communications leader with nearly 20 years experience in both internal and external communications. She is a passionate advocate for developing communications that foster a stronger relationship between the organization and its employees. She is a global keynote speaker on employee engagement and HR communications. Elizabeth is a certified professional in Employer Brand through Universum Global's Employer Branding Academy.

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