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Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 34. Paid sick leave: Type of provision, private industry workers, 
National Compensation Survey, March 2014

(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

70

6

24

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

63

9

29

    Management, business, and financial

65

9

26

    Professional and related

61

8

30

Service

67

    Protective service

76

Sales and office

73

5

21

    Sales and related

78

5

17

    Office and administrative support

71

5

23

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

72

10

18

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

73

Full time

69

7

24

Nonunion

68

7

25

Average wage within the following categories4:

     

    Second 25 percent

72

5

23

    Third 25 percent

72

5

23

    Highest 25 percent

64

9

26

        Highest 10 percent

64

11

24

Establishment characteristics

     

Service-providing industries

69

6

24

    Trade, transportation, and utilities

81

5

14

        Wholesale trade

78

8

14

        Retail trade

83

4

13

        Utilities

83

    Information

74

12

14

    Financial activities

66

6

29

        Finance and insurance

64

5

30

            Credit intermediation and related activities

75

2

23

        Real estate and rental and leasing

70

7

23

    Professional and business services

67

        Professional and technical services

62

11

27

    Education and health services

59

4

37

        Educational services

83

8

9

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

82

8

10

        Health care and social assistance

55

3

42

    Other services

76

9

15

1 to 99 workers

70

9

21

    1 to 49 workers

69

11

20

    50 to 99 workers

73

4

23

100 workers or more

69

4

27

    100 to 499 workers

73

3

23

Geographic areas

     

Northeast

72

8

21

    New England

65

8

27

    Middle Atlantic

74

7

18

South

70

5

25

    South Atlantic

71

6

23

    East South Central

71

6

23

    West South Central

68

2

30

Midwest

65

8

27

    East North Central

67

6

27

West

72

6

22

    Mountain

65

6

30

    Pacific

75

6

19

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.

4Surveyed 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: 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/glossary20132014.htm.