BOSTON — New England ranked highest among nine geographic regions in total private-industry compensation costs in September 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The $34.48 hourly top rate is almost $10 greater than the East South Central region’s low of $24.89 per hour. That and other information about employer costs for wages, salaries and employee benefits are included in a report released by BLS’ New England Information Office. Total compensation outlays for New England included 70.1 percent ($24.16) for wages and salaries and 29.9 percent ($10.32) for benefits. The breakdown for benefits in New England included legally mandated benefits (such as Social Security and Medicare) of $2.80 per hour; insurance (including life, health, and short- and long-term disability) $2.77 per hour worked; paid leave time (including sick, personal, vacation and holiday) $2.51 per hour; and $1.31 per hour for retirement/savings. Total compensation costs among private industry employers throughout the U.S. as a whole averaged $29.23.