Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, civilian workers,2
National Compensation Survey, March 2011

(All workers = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits

Health care benefits

Same sex

Opposite
sex

Same sex

Opposite
sex

All workers

14

14

30

25

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

24

23

42

36

    Management, business, and financial

21

20

50

43

    Professional and related

25

24

40

33

        Teachers

43

41

31

26

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

50

49

28

24

        Registered nurses

16

15

31

24

Service

9

9

19

15

    Protective service

28

27

29

20

Sales and office

12

11

30

26

    Sales and related

5

4

24

20

    Office and administrative support

16

15

34

30

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

12

11

23

18

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

11

11

17

17

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

13

12

29

20

Production, transportation, and material moving

10

9

25

21

    Production

6

5

24

20

    Transportation and material moving

13

13

26

22

Full time

17

16

37

31

Part time

6

6

10

8

Union

38

36

49

38

Nonunion

10

10

27

23

Average wage within the following categories:3

       

    Lowest 25 percent

4

4

11

9

        Lowest 10 percent

1

1

7

5

    Second 25 percent

11

11

26

23

    Third 25 percent

17

16

37

31

    Highest 25 percent

27

26

49

40

        Highest 10 percent

28

26

57

48

Establishment characteristics

       

Goods-producing industries

7

6

27

23

Service-providing industries

16

15

31

25

    Education and health services

24

24

30

26

        Educational services

44

42

33

27

            Elementary and secondary schools

49

48

28

24

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

37

35

49

37

        Health care and social assistance

11

10

28

25

            Hospitals

20

20

34

26

    Public administration

49

48

37

31

1 to 99 workers

5

4

18

16

    1 to 49 workers

4

4

17

15

    50 to 99 workers

7

7

23

20

100 workers or more

23

22

41

33

    100 to 499 workers

12

12

32

28

    500 workers or more

33

32

49

38

Geographic areas

       

New England

11

10

37

33

Middle Atlantic

17

15

34

28

East North Central

7

6

22

14

West North Central

8

19

16

South Atlantic

13

13

21

16

East South Central

19

19

17

12

West South Central

14

14

19

18

Mountain

14

14

41

34

Pacific

24

23

57

53

1The percentage of workers with access to the benefit reflects both the availability of the benefit and the
employer’s policy on providing the benefit to unmarried domestic partners. 

2Includes workers in the private nonfarm economy except those in private households, and workers in the public
sector, except the federal government. See Technical Note for further explanation.

3The categories are based on the average wage for each occupation surveyed, which may include workers with
earnings both above and below the threshold. The average wages are based on the estimates published in the
"National Compensation Survey: Occupational Earnings in the United States, 2010." See Technical Note for more
details.


NOTE: Dash indicates no workers in this category or data did not meet publication criteria. For definitions of major
plans, key provisions, and related terms, see the "Glossary of Employee Benefit Terms" at
www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/glossary20102011.htm.