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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, civilian workers,2
National Compensation Survey, March 2014

(All workers = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits

Health care benefits

Same sex

Opposite
sex

Same sex

Opposite
sex

All workers

15

15

35

30

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

25

24

46

38

    Management, business, and financial

23

23

54

47

    Professional and related

26

25

42

35

        Teachers

43

41

34

28

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

51

49

32

28

        Registered nurses

20

20

36

27

Service

9

9

21

17

    Protective service

27

26

29

21

Sales and office

13

13

38

34

    Sales and related

5

5

36

32

    Office and administrative support

18

17

40

35

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

13

13

28

24

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

11

12

19

18

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

15

14

37

28

Production, transportation, and material moving

10

10

31

27

    Production

8

6

29

26

    Transportation and material moving

13

13

32

27

Full time

18

18

41

35

Part time

6

6

16

14

Union

40

37

53

42

Nonunion

11

11

32

28

Average wage within the following categories3:

       

    Lowest 25 percent

4

5

16

15

        Lowest 10 percent

2

2

8

8

    Second 25 percent

13

13

33

29

    Third 25 percent

18

18

41

35

    Highest 25 percent

28

27

54

43

        Highest 10 percent

30

28

62

52

Establishment characteristics

       

Goods-producing industries

9

8

32

28

Service-providing industries

16

16

35

30

    Education and health services

25

25

33

28

        Educational services

43

42

36

29

            Elementary and secondary schools

49

47

29

25

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

37

36

52

40

        Health care and social assistance

13

13

31

27

            Hospitals

23

23

38

29

    Public administration

48

47

38

32

1 to 99 workers

6

6

21

20

    1 to 49 workers

5

5

18

17

    50 to 99 workers

8

8

30

28

100 workers or more

24

23

47

39

    100 to 499 workers

14

14

42

38

    500 workers or more

34

33

52

40

Geographic areas

       

Northeast

18

17

41

34

    New England

13

13

41

35

    Middle Atlantic

20

19

41

33

South

15

16

26

22

    South Atlantic

14

14

28

23

    East South Central

18

19

25

20

    West South Central

15

16

22

23

Midwest

8

7

27

20

    East North Central

7

6

26

17

    West North Central

11

11

29

26

West

21

20

54

49

    Mountain

15

15

40

33

    Pacific

23

23

60

56

1The percentage of workers with access to the benefit reflects both the availability of the benefit and the
employer’s policy on providing the benefit to unmarried domestic partners. For more information, see the Unmarried
Domestic Partners Benefit Fact Sheet at:www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs_domestic2012.pdf.

2Includes 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.

3Surveyed occupations are classified into wage categories based on the average wage for the occupation, which
may include workers with earnings both above and below the threshold.  The categories were formed using percentile
estimates generated using ECEC data for March 2014.


Note: For definitions of major plans, key provisions, and related terms, see the "Glossary of Employee Benefit Terms"
at www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/glossary20132014.htm.