Standard Errors
Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Standard errors for unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1,
State and local government workers, National Compensation Survey, March
2011

Characteristics

Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits

Health care benefits

Same sex

Opposite
sex

Same sex

Opposite
sex

All workers

1.8

1.8

1.3

1.4

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

1.9

1.9

1.4

1.6

    Professional and related

1.8

1.9

1.4

1.6

        Teachers

1.9

1.9

1.5

1.6

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

2.2

2.2

1.5

1.5

Service

2.1

2.1

1.5

1.5

    Protective service

2.8

2.6

2.1

2.2

Sales and office

2.6

2.6

2.4

2.5

    Office and administrative support

2.7

2.7

2.3

2.3

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

3.0

3.0

2.5

2.4

Production, transportation, and material moving

3.7

3.8

3.4

3.4

Full time

1.9

1.9

1.4

1.6

Part time

1.8

1.7

1.2

1.1

Union

2.0

2.1

1.6

1.8

Nonunion

2.3

2.3

1.5

1.7

Average wage within the following categories:2

       

    Lowest 25 percent

2.6

2.6

1.2

1.2

        Lowest 10 percent

3.7

3.7

1.1

1.1

    Second 25 percent

2.7

2.7

2.0

2.2

    Third 25 percent

2.3

2.3

1.8

1.9

    Highest 25 percent

1.5

1.6

1.5

1.6

        Highest 10 percent

2.2

2.4

2.3

2.4

Establishment characteristics

       

Service-providing industries

1.8

1.8

1.3

1.4

    Education and health services

1.8

1.9

1.7

1.9

        Educational services

1.8

1.9

1.5

1.7

            Elementary and secondary schools

1.7

1.7

1.3

1.3

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

4.4

4.5

4.6

5.0

        Health care and social assistance

5.5

5.6

4.3

5.0

            Hospitals

7.8

7.7

5.7

6.9

    Public administration

2.5

2.5

1.8

2.0

1 to 99 workers

3.1

3.1

1.9

1.7

    1 to 49 workers

4.0

4.0

1.8

1.6

    50 to 99 workers

5.1

5.1

4.1

3.9

100 workers or more

1.9

2.0

1.4

1.6

    100 to 499 workers

3.0

3.1

2.0

2.1

    500 workers or more

2.1

2.1

1.6

1.7

State government

3.9

3.9

3.7

4.0

Local government

1.4

1.5

1.0

1.0

Geographic areas

       

New England

2.9

1.3

5.6

6.5

Middle Atlantic

2.9

3.1

2.1

2.4

East North Central

3.2

South Atlantic

4.2

4.1

1.3

0.8

East South Central

6.2

6.5

0.9

0.9

West South Central

2.6

2.5

2.5

2.3

Mountain

5.3

5.2

4.5

5.0

Pacific

2.6

2.5

1.3

2.4

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.