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Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 35. Paid sick leave: Type of provision, civilian workers,1 National
Compensation Survey, March 2011

(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

69

6

25

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

66

7

26

    Management, business, and financial

65

8

26

    Professional and related

67

6

27

        Teachers

83

4

14

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

84

2

14

        Registered nurses

48

1

51

Service

69

3

28

    Protective service

77

4

19

Sales and office

70

5

25

    Sales and related

74

6

20

    Office and administrative support

67

5

27

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

70

7

23

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

69

6

25

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

70

8

21

Production, transportation, and material moving

74

4

21

    Production

71

4

25

    Transportation and material moving

77

5

18

Full time

69

6

25

Part time

67

4

29

Union

80

4

16

Nonunion

66

6

28

Average wage within the following categories:5

     

    Lowest 25 percent

70

4

26

        Lowest 10 percent

67

5

29

    Second 25 percent

69

4

27

    Third 25 percent

69

5

25

    Highest 25 percent

67

8

24

        Highest 10 percent

67

10

23

Establishment characteristics

     

Goods-producing industries

68

8

24

Service-providing industries

69

5

26

    Education and health services

66

3

31

        Educational services

84

3

13

            Elementary and secondary schools

84

2

14

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

84

5

10

        Health care and social assistance

53

3

45

            Hospitals

45

1

54

    Public administration

81

4

15

1 to 99 workers

67

8

25

    1 to 49 workers

66

9

25

    50 to 99 workers

71

5

24

100 workers or more

70

4

26

    100 to 499 workers

72

4

24

    500 workers or more

68

4

28

Geographic areas

     

New England

67

8

25

Middle Atlantic

76

6

18

East North Central

65

7

28

West North Central

68

5

27

South Atlantic

65

4

30

East South Central

61

6

33

West South Central

72

5

24

Mountain

67

6

28

Pacific

72

5

23

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.

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.


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/glossary20102011.htm.