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Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits

Table 25. Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits, civilian workers,1 National Compensation
Survey, March 2015

(All workers with short-term disability coverage = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Fixed
duration

Number of weeks2

Duration
varies

10th
percentile

25th
percentile

50th
percentile
(median)

75th
percentile

90th
percentile

All workers

92

12

21

26

26

26

8

Worker characteristics

             

Management, professional, and related

91

12

18

26

26

26

9

    Management, business, and financial

93

12

18

26

26

26

7

    Professional and related

90

12

26

26

26

10

        Teachers

84

12

20

26

26

52

16

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

79

13

20

26

52

21

        Registered nurses

94

12

26

26

26

6

Service

95

12

24

26

26

5

Sales and office

93

12

20

26

26

26

7

    Sales and related

92

11

13

26

26

26

8

    Office and administrative support

93

12

21

26

26

26

7

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

90

13

24

26

26

10

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

88

13

24

26

26

52

12

Production, transportation, and material moving

92

13

24

26

26

26

8

    Production

92

12

21

26

26

26

8

    Transportation and material moving

93

13

25

26

26

26

7

Full time

92

12

20

26

26

26

8

Part time

95

13

26

26

26

5

Union

86

13

26

26

26

52

14

Nonunion

94

12

18

26

26

26

6

Average wage within the following categories:3

             

    Lowest 25 percent

94

12

21

26

26

26

6

        Lowest 10 percent

95

13

26

26

26

52

5

    Second 25 percent

94

12

21

26

26

26

6

    Third 25 percent

92

12

18

26

26

26

8

    Highest 25 percent

90

12

22

26

26

26

10

        Highest 10 percent

89

12

22

26

26

26

11

Establishment characteristics

             

Goods-producing industries

92

13

24

26

26

26

8

Service-providing industries

92

12

21

26

26

26

8

    Education and health services

92

12

26

26

26

8

        Educational services

84

13

22

26

26

52

16

            Elementary and secondary schools

79

13

22

26

52

21

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

89

13

26

26

26

26

11

        Health care and social assistance

97

12

13

26

26

26

3

    Public administration

86

24

26

26

52

14

1 to 99 workers

95

12

13

26

26

26

5

    1 to 49 workers

94

12

13

26

26

26

6

    50 to 99 workers

95

12

26

26

26

5

100 workers or more

91

12

22

26

26

26

9

    100 to 499 workers

92

12

20

26

26

26

8

    500 workers or more

89

13

24

26

26

26

11

Geographic areas

             

Northeast

93

13

26

26

26

26

7

    New England

92

12

26

26

26

8

    Middle Atlantic

93

22

26

26

26

26

7

South

93

12

13

26

26

7

    South Atlantic

94

12

13

26

26

36

6

    East South Central

95

12

12

26

26

26

5

    West South Central

91

12

13

26

26

26

9

Midwest

88

12

16

26

26

26

12

    East North Central

88

12

15

26

26

26

12

West

93

11

13

26

26

26

7

    Mountain

92

11

13

21

26

26

8

    Pacific

94

12

25

26

26

6

1Includes 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.

2The 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles designate position within each published series. For example, at the 50th percentile or median, half of the
participating workers receive the same as or more than the benefit shown, and half receive the same as or less than the benefit shown. At the 25th percentile,
one-fourth of the participating workers receive the same or less than the benefit&nb sp;shown. The remaining percentiles follow the same logic.

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 wage data for March 2015.


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/glossary20142015.htm .