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Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 34. Paid sick leave: Type of provision, civilian workers,1 National
Compensation Survey, March 2015

(All workers with paid sick leave = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Sick leave provision

Fixed number
of days per
year2

As needed3

As part of
consolidated
leave plan4

All workers

73

5

21

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

70

7

24

    Management, business, and financial

66

9

25

    Professional and related

71

6

23

        Teachers

86

5

10

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

88

4

8

        Registered nurses

53

1

46

Service

73

5

22

    Protective service

81

5

13

Sales and office

75

5

21

    Sales and related

78

5

17

    Office and administrative support

73

5

22

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

76

9

15

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

75

11

13

Full time

72

6

22

Union

85

4

11

Nonunion

70

6

24

Average wage within the following categories:5

     

    Second 25 percent

74

5

21

    Third 25 percent

74

5

21

    Highest 25 percent

70

8

22

        Highest 10 percent

70

9

21

Establishment characteristics

     

Service-providing industries

73

5

21

    Education and health services

72

2

25

        Educational services

88

3

9

            Elementary and secondary schools

89

2

9

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

86

4

10

        Health care and social assistance

60

2

38

            Hospitals

54

1

44

    Public administration

82

4

14

1 to 99 workers

71

8

20

    1 to 49 workers

69

11

20

    50 to 99 workers

76

3

22

100 workers or more

74

4

22

    100 to 499 workers

75

3

22

    500 workers or more

74

4

23

Geographic areas

     

Northeast

74

7

19

    New England

67

8

25

    Middle Atlantic

77

7

16

South

73

4

23

    South Atlantic

73

5

22

    East South Central

77

5

18

    West South Central

71

3

26

Midwest

73

6

22

    East North Central

75

3

22

    West North Central

68

West

73

5

22

    Mountain

65

5

30

    Pacific

76

5

19

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.

2Employees earn or accrue a specified number of sick leave days per year. This number may vary by
length of service.

3Plan does not specify maximum number of days.

4A consolidated leave plan provides a single amount of time off for workers to use for multiple purposes,
such as vacation, illness, or personal business.

5Surveyed 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 .