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Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 35. Paid sick leave: Type of provision, State and local
government workers, National Compensation Survey, March 2011

(All workers with paid sick leave = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Sick leave provision

Fixed number
of days per
year1

As needed2

As part of
consolidated
leave plan3

All workers

82

3

15

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

83

3

14

    Professional and related

83

2

14

        Teachers

84

3

13

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

85

2

13

Service

80

3

17

    Protective service

80

5

15

Sales and office

82

3

15

    Office and administrative support

82

3

15

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

84

2

14

Production, transportation, and material moving

79

3

18

Full time

82

3

15

Part time

80

3

16

Union

84

3

13

Nonunion

81

2

17

Average wage within the following categories:4

     

    Lowest 25 percent

81

2

17

        Lowest 10 percent

79

2

19

    Second 25 percent

84

3

14

    Third 25 percent

80

3

17

    Highest 25 percent

84

4

12

        Highest 10 percent

86

3

10

Establishment characteristics

     

Service-providing industries

82

3

15

    Education and health services

84

2

14

        Educational services

85

2

12

            Elementary and secondary schools

84

2

14

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

88

3

9

        Health care and social assistance

70

3

27

            Hospitals

69

4

27

    Public administration

81

4

15

1 to 99 workers

79

4

17

    1 to 49 workers

79

5

16

    50 to 99 workers

78

100 workers or more

83

3

15

    100 to 499 workers

85

2

13

    500 workers or more

82

3

15

State government

90

2

8

Local government

80

3

17

Geographic areas

     

New England

90

Middle Atlantic

92

4

4

East North Central

83

2

14

West North Central

84

2

14

South Atlantic

76

2

23

East South Central

82

2

16

West South Central

85

Mountain

83

Pacific

76

5

18

1Employees earn or accrue a specified number of sick leave days per year. This number may vary by
length of service.

2Plan does not specify maximum number of days.

3A consolidated leave plan provides a single amount of time-off for workers to use for multiple purposes,
such as vacation, illness, or personal business.

4The 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.