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Paid vacations: Number of days by service requirement

Table 38. Paid vacations: Number of annual days by service requirement,1 private industry workers,  National
Compensation Survey, March 2011

(All workers with paid vacations = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Paid vacation days by length of service2

Mean
number of
days

Median
number of
days

Less than 5
days

5 to 9 days

10 to 14
days

15 to 19
days

20 to 24
days

Greater
than 24
days

After 1 year

               

All workers

7

38

36

12

6

2

10

10

Full time

4

37

38

13

6

2

10

10

Part time

24

46

21

4

3

1

7

5

Union

5

47

37

7

3

2

9

8

Nonunion

7

37

36

12

6

2

10

10

1 to 99 workers

9

45

34

8

3

1

8

6

    1 to 49 workers

9

45

34

8

3

[3]

8

6

    50 to 99 workers

7

47

34

8

8

7

100 workers or more

5

31

37

15

8

3

11

10

    100 to 499 workers

7

41

35

12

4

2

9

10

    500 workers or more

3

19

40

19

14

5

13

10

After 5 years

               

All workers

2

10

37

34

11

6

14

15

Full time

1

8

37

36

12

7

14

15

Part time

10

24

36

20

6

4

11

10

Union

1

7

47

33

9

4

13

12

Nonunion

2

11

35

34

12

7

14

15

1 to 99 workers

3

14

40

32

8

4

13

10

    1 to 49 workers

3

16

39

31

8

3

12

10

    50 to 99 workers

2

10

44

33

7

4

13

12

100 workers or more

1

6

33

35

15

9

15

15

    100 to 499 workers

1

8

41

34

11

4

14

14

    500 workers or more

1

4

24

37

20

14

17

15

After 10 years

               

All workers

2

7

16

41

22

13

17

15

Full time

1

6

16

42

23

13

17

15

Part time

9

19

17

34

14

8

14

15

Union

1

4

11

56

19

9

17

15

Nonunion

2

8

16

39

22

13

17

15

1 to 99 workers

3

12

21

39

18

7

15

15

    1 to 49 workers

3

13

23

37

17

7

15

15

    50 to 99 workers

2

8

18

46

20

7

16

15

100 workers or more

1

3

10

42

25

18

18

15

    100 to 499 workers

1

4

13

49

22

10

17

15

    500 workers or more

[3]

2

7

33

30

27

20

20

After 20 years

               

All workers

2

7

13

19

35

25

19

20

Full time

1

5

13

19

36

26

20

20

Part time

9

17

14

18

26

17

16

15

Union

1

3

7

11

43

36

21

20

Nonunion

2

7

13

20

34

23

19

20

1 to 99 workers

3

11

18

25

28

15

16

15

    1 to 49 workers

3

13

20

26

25

14

16

15

    50 to 99 workers

2

7

14

25

34

17

18

20

100 workers or more

1

3

8

13

42

34

22

20

    100 to 499 workers

1

4

9

18

45

23

20

20

    500 workers or more

[3]

1

6

7

38

48

24

24

1Employees either are granted a specific number of days after completion of the
indicated length of service or accrue days during the next 12-month period. The total
number of days is assumed to be available for use immediately upon completion of the
service interval. Periods of service are chosen arbitrarily and do not necessarily reflect
individual provisions  for progression. Fractional vacation amounts were rounded to the
nearest full number of days.

3Less than 0.5 percent.

2Employees eligible for paid vacations but who have not fulfilled the minimum
service requirement are included as receiving 0 days. Estimates include plans that are
exclusively for paid vacation and vacation plans that are part of a consolidated leave
plan that provides a single amount of time-off for workers to use for multiple purposes.


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.