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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, State and local
government workers, 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

50

49

34

28

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

53

52

35

29

    Professional and related

54

52

34

29

        Teachers

52

50

32

26

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

56

54

30

26

Service

42

41

30

24

    Protective service

44

42

35

25

Sales and office

51

51

37

32

    Office and administrative support

52

52

37

32

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

46

46

33

27

Production, transportation, and material moving

39

40

30

28

Full time

55

54

37

31

Part time

21

21

14

13

Union

53

50

54

45

Nonunion

47

47

17

14

Average wage within the following categories2:

       

    Lowest 25 percent

37

37

15

13

        Lowest 10 percent

30

30

7

7

    Second 25 percent

52

51

35

29

    Third 25 percent

53

52

38

32

    Highest 25 percent

58

55

48

40

        Highest 10 percent

63

56

56

47

Establishment characteristics

       

Service-providing industries

50

49

34

28

    Education and health services

51

50

32

27

        Educational services

53

52

33

27

            Elementary and secondary schools

53

51

28

24

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

53

51

46

36

        Health care and social assistance

43

43

29

26

            Hospitals

43

46

30

29

    Public administration

48

47

38

32

1 to 99 workers

33

33

16

15

    1 to 49 workers

28

27

11

9

    50 to 99 workers

41

41

24

22

100 workers or more

52

51

36

30

    100 to 499 workers

43

43

25

21

    500 workers or more

55

53

40

33

State government

59

58

44

34

Local government

46

45

30

26

Geographic areas

       

Northeast

53

46

50

43

    New England

34

28

35

28

    Middle Atlantic

60

53

56

49

South

53

54

10

8

    South Atlantic

45

45

11

7

    East South Central

69

70

    West South Central

56

57

11

11

Midwest

22

    East North Central

25

11

West

76

75

74

68

    Mountain

61

60

48

33

    Pacific

82

80

84

81

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.

2Surveyed 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: 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/glossary20132014.htm.