Standard Errors
Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 35. Standard errors for paid sick leave: Type of provision, State
and local government workers, National Compensation Survey, March
2011

Characteristics

Sick leave provision

Fixed number
of days per
year1

As needed2

As part of
consolidated
leave plan3

All workers

0.9

0.4

0.9

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

0.9

0.4

0.9

    Professional and related

1.0

0.4

1.0

        Teachers

1.2

0.5

1.1

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

1.4

0.6

1.3

Service

1.3

0.5

1.3

    Protective service

1.9

0.8

1.7

Sales and office

1.5

0.9

1.3

    Office and administrative support

1.5

0.8

1.3

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

1.9

0.7

1.8

Production, transportation, and material moving

3.7

1.6

3.7

Full time

0.8

0.4

0.8

Part time

2.5

1.0

2.4

Union

1.0

0.5

1.0

Nonunion

1.4

0.5

1.4

Average wage within the following categories:4

     

    Lowest 25 percent

1.7

0.5

1.7

        Lowest 10 percent

2.6

0.8

2.7

    Second 25 percent

1.1

0.6

1.0

    Third 25 percent

1.3

0.6

1.2

    Highest 25 percent

1.0

0.5

1.0

        Highest 10 percent

1.2

0.6

1.0

Establishment characteristics

     

Service-providing industries

0.9

0.4

0.9

    Education and health services

1.0

0.3

1.0

        Educational services

1.1

0.4

1.0

            Elementary and secondary schools

1.3

0.5

1.2

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

1.9

0.8

1.6

        Health care and social assistance

2.7

0.6

2.7

            Hospitals

4.0

0.9

4.3

    Public administration

1.5

0.7

1.3

1 to 99 workers

2.6

1.5

2.6

    1 to 49 workers

3.2

1.6

3.2

    50 to 99 workers

3.8

100 workers or more

0.9

0.3

0.9

    100 to 499 workers

1.7

0.7

1.8

    500 workers or more

1.1

0.4

1.0

State government

1.1

0.6

1.0

Local government

1.1

0.5

1.0

Geographic areas

     

New England

3.0

Middle Atlantic

1.1

0.9

0.6

East North Central

2.3

0.7

2.6

West North Central

3.0

0.9

2.5

South Atlantic

2.5

0.7

2.4

East South Central

3.5

0.7

4.0

West South Central

2.2

Mountain

5.9

Pacific

2.1

1.6

1.8

1Employees earn or accrue a specified number of sick leave days per year. This number may vary by
length of service.

2Plan does not specify maximum number of days.

3A consolidated leave plan provides a single amount of time-off for workers to use for multiple purposes,
such as vacation, illness, or personal business.

4The 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.