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Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits

Table 26. Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits, civilian workers,1 National Compensation
Survey, March 2011

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

Characteristics

Fixed
duration

Number of weeks2

Duration
varies

10th
percentile

25th
percentile

50th
percentile
(median)

75th
percentile

90th
percentile

All workers

90

13

24

26

26

26

10

Worker characteristics

             

Management, professional, and related

89

13

22

26

26

26

11

    Management, business, and financial

91

13

21

26

26

26

9

    Professional and related

88

13

23

26

26

26

12

        Registered nurses

92

12

21

26

26

26

8

Service

94

13

26

26

26

26

6

    Protective service

91

9

Sales and office

89

12

20

26

26

26

11

    Sales and related

85

12

13

26

26

26

15

    Office and administrative support

91

13

21

26

26

26

9

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

91

9

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

96

4

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

88

13

26

26

26

52

12

Production, transportation, and material moving

91

13

26

26

26

26

9

    Production

91

13

26

26

26

26

9

    Transportation and material moving

91

13

26

26

26

26

9

Full time

90

13

22

26

26

26

10

Part time

93

20

26

26

26

26

7

Union

86

18

26

26

26

52

14

Nonunion

91

12

21

26

26

26

9

Average wage within the following categories:3

             

    Lowest 25 percent

91

13

25

26

26

26

9

        Lowest 10 percent

94

6

    Second 25 percent

92

13

21

26

26

26

8

    Third 25 percent

92

13

23

26

26

26

8

    Highest 25 percent

87

13

25

26

26

26

13

        Highest 10 percent

85

13

25

26

26

26

15

Establishment characteristics

             

Goods-producing industries

92

13

26

26

26

26

8

Service-providing industries

90

13

22

26

26

26

10

    Education and health services

90

13

24

26

26

26

10

        Educational services

83

18

24

26

26

52

17

            Elementary and secondary schools

76

20

22

26

52

52

24

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

91

18

26

26

26

26

9

        Health care and social assistance

94

13

24

26

26

26

6

            Hospitals

91

13

20

26

26

26

9

    Public administration

88

12

1 to 99 workers

92

12

20

26

26

26

8

    1 to 49 workers

91

12

24

26

26

26

9

    50 to 99 workers

92

12

13

26

26

26

8

100 workers or more

89

13

24

26

26

26

11

    100 to 499 workers

91

12

20

26

26

26

9

    500 workers or more

88

13

26

26

26

26

12

Geographic areas

             

Middle Atlantic

93

25

26

26

26

26

7

East North Central

86

13

21

26

26

26

14

West North Central

89

12

13

26

26

26

11

South Atlantic

93

12

20

26

26

52

7

East South Central

92

12

13

26

26

26

8

West South Central

90

13

20

26

26

26

10

Mountain

82

12

13

26

26

26

18

Pacific

89

12

21

26

26

26

11

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.

2The 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles designate position within each published series. For example, at the 50th percentile or median, half of the
participating workers receive the same as or more than the benefit shown, and half receive the same as or less than the benefit shown. At the 25th percentile,
one-fourth of the participating workers receive the same or less than the benefit&nb sp;shown. The remaining percentiles follow the same logic.

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.