Standard Errors
Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 34. Standard errors for paid sick leave: Type of provision, civilian
workers,1 National Compensation Survey, March 2013

Characteristics

Sick leave provision

Fixed number
of days per
year2

As needed3

As part of
consolidated
leave plan4

All workers

0.8

0.6

0.7

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

1.0

0.6

0.8

    Management, business, and financial

1.3

1.1

1.0

    Professional and related

1.3

0.7

1.1

        Teachers

1.3

1.2

1.0

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

1.7

1.6

1.3

        Registered nurses

3.5

0.4

3.6

Service

2.2

2.3

1.7

    Protective service

2.7

1.1

2.6

Sales and office

1.1

0.5

1.0

    Sales and related

1.7

0.8

1.3

    Office and administrative support

1.4

0.6

1.3

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

2.4

2.1

1.4

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.3

3.2

1.7

Production, transportation, and material moving:
   Production

2.2

0.5

2.1

Full time

0.8

0.5

0.7

Union

0.9

0.4

0.8

Nonunion

1.0

0.7

0.8

Average wage within the following categories:5

     

    Lowest 25 percent

1.6

1.1

1.6

    Second 25 percent

1.6

1.5

1.2

    Third 25 percent

1.0

0.5

0.9

    Highest 25 percent

1.0

0.6

0.8

        Highest 10 percent

1.6

0.9

1.1

Service-providing industries

0.9

0.7

0.8

    Education and health services

1.5

0.5

1.4

        Educational services

1.0

0.5

0.8

            Elementary and secondary schools

1.2

0.5

1.1

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

1.3

0.9

1.0

        Healthcare and social assistance

2.7

0.9

2.6

            Hospitals

3.3

0.2

3.3

    Public administration

1.5

0.7

1.3

1 to 99 workers

1.6

1.4

1.3

    1 to 49 workers

2.0

1.8

1.6

    50 to 99 workers

2.2

0.8

2.3

100 workers or more

1.0

0.4

0.8

    100 to 499 workers

1.7

0.7

1.4

    500 workers or more

1.3

0.4

1.3

Geographic areas

     

New England

2.3

1.0

3.0

Middle Atlantic

1.3

0.8

1.0

East North Central

2.4

1.2

2.0

West North Central

4.6

South Atlantic

2.3

0.6

2.0

East South Central

2.6

1.2

3.3

West South Central

2.1

0.6

2.5

Mountain

2.0

1.0

1.8

Pacific

1.8

1.1

1.3

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.

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

3Plan does not specify maximum number of days.

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.

5Surveyed occupations are classified into wage categories based on the average wage for the
occupation, which may include workers with earnings both above and below the threshold.  The categories
were formed using percentile estimates generated using data from the National Compensation Survey
publication, "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation - March 2013."


NOTE: For definitions of major plans, key provisions, and related terms, see the "Glossary of Employee
Benefit Terms" at www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/glossary20122013.htm.