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Short-term disability plans: Method of benefit payment

Table 25. Short-term disability plans: Method of benefit payment, civilian workers,1
National Compensation Survey, March 2011

(All workers with short-term disability coverage = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Flat dollar
amounts

Dollar
amount
varies

Fixed
percent of
annual
earnings

Percent
varies by
annual
earnings

Other

All workers

7

2

68

21

2

Worker characteristics

         

Management, professional, and related

2

1

67

28

3

    Management, business, and financial

2

[2]

61

35

1

    Professional and related

2

1

70

25

4

        Registered nurses

78

15

5

Service

3

1

84

9

2

    Protective service

1

83

13

Sales and office

3

1

67

27

2

    Sales and related

3

1

68

27

1

    Office and administrative support

3

1

66

27

3

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

15

6

63

14

1

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

20

64

8

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

12

5

63

19

1

Production, transportation, and material moving

20

5

64

10

1

    Production

20

7

61

12

1

    Transportation and material moving

19

3

69

9

1

Full time

7

2

67

22

2

Part time

4

1

80

14

1

Union

17

6

59

15

3

Nonunion

4

1

70

23

2

Average wage within the following categories:3

         

    Lowest 25 percent

6

2

81

10

2

        Lowest 10 percent

3

90

5

    Second 25 percent

9

2

71

17

2

    Third 25 percent

9

2

67

21

1

    Highest 25 percent

4

2

62

29

3

        Highest 10 percent

2

1

61

33

3

Establishment characteristics

         

Goods-producing industries

18

6

58

16

1

Service-providing industries

4

1

71

22

2

    Education and health services

3

1

79

12

6

        Educational services

82

9

5

            Elementary and secondary schools

5

83

8

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

2

79

18

        Health care and social assistance

2

1

77

13

7

            Hospitals

81

13

5

    Public administration

2

86

11

1 to 99 workers

7

1

74

16

1

    1 to 49 workers

7

2

73

17

1

    50 to 99 workers

8

77

14

100 workers or more

7

2

65

24

3

    100 to 499 workers

8

2

70

19

1

    500 workers or more

5

3

61

27

4

Geographic areas

         

Middle Atlantic

4

[2]

83

11

2

East North Central

12

4

58

24

1

West North Central

11

61

23

South Atlantic

7

2

64

25

1

East South Central

9

72

14

West South Central

8

2

54

32

4

Mountain

4

65

29

Pacific

3

1

67

24

5

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.

2Less than 0.5 percent.

3The 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: Because of rounding, sums of individual items may not equal totals. 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.