Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 34. Paid sick leave: Type of provision, civilian workers,1 National
Compensation Survey, March 2012

(All workers with paid sick leave = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Sick leave provision

Fixed number
of days per
year2

As needed3

As part of
consolidated
leave plan4

All workers

71

5

23

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

69

6

25

    Management, business, and financial

67

8

25

    Professional and related

69

5

25

        Teachers

84

4

12

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

85

3

12

        Registered nurses

47

1

52

Service

72

3

25

    Protective service

76

5

19

Sales and office

73

5

22

    Sales and related

80

6

15

    Office and administrative support

70

5

25

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

74

7

19

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

75

7

18

Production, transportation, and material moving

77

3

20

    Production

75

3

22

    Transportation and material moving

78

4

18

Full time

71

5

23

Union

83

3

14

Nonunion

69

6

25

Average wage within the following categories:5

     

    Lowest 25 percent

75

3

22

    Second 25 percent

73

3

24

    Third 25 percent

72

5

24

    Highest 25 percent

69

7

23

        Highest 10 percent

69

9

22

Establishment characteristics

     

Goods-producing industries

71

8

21

Service-providing industries

71

5

24

    Education and health services

70

2

28

        Educational services

86

3

11

            Elementary and secondary schools

86

3

12

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

87

4

8

        Healthcare and social assistance

56

1

42

            Hospitals

46

1

53

    Public administration

81

4

15

1 to 99 workers

69

7

23

    1 to 49 workers

69

9

22

    50 to 99 workers

71

5

25

100 workers or more

73

4

23

    100 to 499 workers

74

4

22

    500 workers or more

71

4

25

Geographic areas

     

New England

74

7

19

Middle Atlantic

77

7

16

East North Central

68

6

26

West North Central

70

4

25

South Atlantic

69

4

27

East South Central

71

6

24

West South Central

70

4

26

Mountain

68

5

27

Pacific

75

5

20

1Includes 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.

4A consolidated leave plan provides a single
amount of time-off for workers to use for multiple
purposes, such as vacation, illness, or personal
business.

2Employees earn or accrue a specified number
of sick leave days per year. This number may vary
by length of service.

5The 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.

3Plan does not specify maximum number of
days.


NOTE: Because of rounding, sums of individual
items may not equal totals. For definitions of major
plans, key provisions, and related terms, see the
"Glossary of Employee Benefit Terms" at
www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/glossary20112012.htm.