2023 Employer Health Benefits Survey

This 25th annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, offer rates, wellness programs, and employer practices. The 2023 survey included 2,133 interviews with non-federal public and private firms.

Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $23,968 this year, with workers on average paying $6,575 toward the cost of their coverage. The average deductible among covered workers in a plan with a general annual deductible is $1,735 for single coverage. Workers at smaller firms on average contribute $2,445 more toward the cost of family coverage than workers at smaller firms. This year’s report also looks at employers’ experiences and views about abortion coverage, mental health and substance use services, and wellness programs.

Survey results are released in several formats, including a full report with downloadable tables on a variety of topics, a summary of findings, and an article published in the journal Health Affairs.


  • A news release announcing the publication of the Employer Health Benefits Survey is available.


  • The Summary of Findings provides an overview of the survey results and is available under the Summary of Findings tab.


  • The complete Employer Health Benefits Survey report includes over 200 exhibits and is available under the Report tab. The “Report” tab contains 13 separate sections. Users can view each section separately or download the section exhibits from the right side of the respective section page.




  • Key slides from the 2023 Employer Health Benefits Survey are here.


  • Standard errors for selected estimates are available in the Technical Supplement here.
  • Employer Health Benefits Surveys from 1998–2022 are available here. Please note that historic survey reports have not been revised with methodological changes.
  • Researchers may request a public use dataset by completing a data use agreement (available here).
  • For questions about the Employer Health Benefits Survey, please visit Contact Us and choose “TOPIC: Health Costs.”
Summary of Findings

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