Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, State and local
government workers, 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

50

49

33

28

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

54

52

34

29

    Professional and related

54

53

34

29

        Teachers

54

51

31

26

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

57

56

30

25

Service

42

42

30

24

    Protective service

45

44

35

26

Sales and office

52

51

36

31

    Office and administrative support

53

53

37

32

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

46

46

29

22

Production, transportation, and material moving

40

41

29

26

Full time

55

54

37

31

Part time

21

21

13

12

Union

54

51

53

45

Nonunion

47

48

17

14

Average wage within the following categories:2

       

    Lowest 25 percent

38

38

15

13

        Lowest 10 percent

30

30

8

7

    Second 25 percent

51

50

35

29

    Third 25 percent

52

52

37

31

    Highest 25 percent

59

57

47

39

        Highest 10 percent

61

55

57

49

Establishment characteristics

       

Service-providing industries

50

49

33

28

    Education and health services

53

51

32

27

        Educational services

54

52

32

26

            Elementary and secondary schools

53

52

28

24

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

55

53

43

33

        Health care and social assistance

43

44

35

31

            Hospitals

39

42

36

32

    Public administration

49

48

37

31

1 to 99 workers

34

34

16

15

    1 to 49 workers

31

31

12

11

    50 to 99 workers

40

39

22

21

100 workers or more

52

51

36

30

    100 to 499 workers

42

42

22

19

    500 workers or more

56

54

40

34

State government

59

58

43

33

Local government

47

46

30

26

Geographic areas

       

New England

32

27

34

28

Middle Atlantic

61

54

54

49

East North Central

23

South Atlantic

46

46

12

7

East South Central

67

68

2

3

West South Central

57

58

10

11

Mountain

61

60

51

36

Pacific

84

82

84

82

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. 

2The 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.