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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, civilian workers,2
National Compensation Survey, March 2015

(All workers = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits

Health care benefits

Same sex

Opposite
sex

Same sex

Opposite
sex

All workers

16

16

36

31

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

26

26

48

41

    Management, business, and financial

24

25

56

49

    Professional and related

27

26

45

38

        Teachers

43

41

34

29

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

51

50

34

29

        Registered nurses

22

22

40

32

Service

10

10

22

18

    Protective service

28

27

31

23

Sales and office

14

14

39

35

    Sales and related

6

6

35

31

    Office and administrative support

18

19

42

38

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

13

14

28

24

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

11

13

19

19

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

15

14

36

28

Production, transportation, and material moving

11

10

32

28

    Production

8

7

30

28

    Transportation and material moving

13

13

34

28

Full time

19

19

43

37

Part time

6

7

17

15

Union

41

39

54

43

Nonunion

12

12

33

30

Average wage within the following categories:3

       

    Lowest 25 percent

5

6

17

15

        Lowest 10 percent

2

3

9

8

    Second 25 percent

13

13

34

31

    Third 25 percent

19

19

43

37

    Highest 25 percent

30

29

55

46

        Highest 10 percent

31

30

63

54

Establishment characteristics

       

Goods-producing industries

10

9

33

30

Service-providing industries

17

17

37

32

    Education and health services

26

25

36

31

        Educational services

43

42

36

30

            Elementary and secondary schools

48

47

29

25

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

39

38

54

41

        Health care and social assistance

14

14

36

31

            Hospitals

25

26

44

34

    Public administration

49

48

39

32

1 to 99 workers

6

6

23

21

    1 to 49 workers

5

6

20

19

    50 to 99 workers

9

8

31

29

100 workers or more

25

25

49

41

    100 to 499 workers

16

17

44

40

    500 workers or more

35

34

54

41

Geographic areas

       

Northeast

19

19

43

36

    New England

13

13

43

36

    Middle Atlantic

21

21

43

36

South

16

17

27

24

    South Atlantic

16

16

30

25

    East South Central

18

18

25

21

    West South Central

17

17

24

24

Midwest

9

8

28

21

    East North Central

7

7

27

19

    West North Central

13

12

30

27

West

21

21

55

51

    Mountain

16

16

41

35

    Pacific

24

24

61

57

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 wage data for March 2015.


Note: 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 .