Employees are paying 89% more for family health insurance premiums compared to a decade ago.
Health insurance premiums rose a modest 4% in 2013, but that's still more than twice the rate of workers' wages.
Workers are shelling out an average of $4,565 for their employer-sponsored family health coverage this year, according to the annual survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That's still only 28% of the total price of $16,351.
Premiums for individual plans rose 5% to a total of $5,884, of which employees paid an average of $999, according to the survey, released Tuesday.
While health insurance costs have been rising more slowly in recent years, so have wages. Workers saw their incomes rise by only 1.8%.
Over the past decade, employee premiums have risen 89%, nearly three times as fast as wages.
Still, this year's increase was the second lowest premium increase since Kaiser/HRET began conducting the survey in 1999. A decade ago, increases of more than 9% a year were common.
"We are in a prolonged period of moderation in premiums, which should create some breathing room for the private sector to try to reduce costs without cutting back benefits for workers," said Drew Altman, Kaiser's chief executive.
But companies are still passing along more costs to workers.