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Paid sick leave: type of provision

Table 35. Paid sick leave: Type of provision, private industry 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

65

6

28

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

59

9

32

    Management, business, and financial

62

9

29

    Professional and related

58

9

34

Service

65

3

33

    Protective service

64

Sales and office

68

6

26

    Sales and related

74

6

20

    Office and administrative support

65

6

29

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

67

8

24

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

69

9

22

Production, transportation, and material moving

74

4

22

    Production

71

4

25

    Transportation and material moving

77

5

18

Full time

65

7

28

Part time

65

4

31

Union

76

5

19

Nonunion

64

6

29

Average wage within the following categories:4

     

    Lowest 25 percent

69

4

27

        Lowest 10 percent

65

6

29

    Second 25 percent

67

4

29

    Third 25 percent

66

6

28

    Highest 25 percent

61

10

29

        Highest 10 percent

60

13

27

Establishment characteristics

     

Goods-producing industries

67

8

24

    Manufacturing

67

8

25

Service-providing industries

65

6

29

    Trade, transportation, and utilities

76

6

18

        Wholesale trade

71

13

16

        Retail trade

78

4

19

        Transportation and warehousing

79

3

18

        Utilities

67

    Information

72

10

18

    Financial activities

62

6

33

        Finance and insurance

60

6

34

            Credit intermediation and related activities

69

4

27

            Insurance carriers and related activities

47

6

47

        Real estate and rental and leasing

66

6

27

    Professional and business services

64

9

27

        Professional and technical services

60

11

28

        Administrative and waste services

71

4

25

    Education and health services

54

3

43

        Educational services

75

8

17

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

77

10

13

        Health care and social assistance

51

2

47

    Leisure and hospitality

68

5

27

        Accommodation and food services

64

6

30

    Other services

70

8

22

1 to 99 workers

66

8

25

    1 to 49 workers

65

10

25

    50 to 99 workers

70

5

25

100 workers or more

64

5

31

    100 to 499 workers

70

4

26

    500 workers or more

58

5

37

Geographic areas

     

New England

63

9

28

Middle Atlantic

73

7

21

East North Central

61

8

31

West North Central

63

6

31

South Atlantic

62

5

33

East South Central

52

8

40

West South Central

68

5

27

Mountain

63

6

30

Pacific

71

5

24

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

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.

2Plan does not specify maximum number of
days.


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.

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.