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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 2015

(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

29

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

53

52

35

29

    Professional and related

53

52

34

29

        Teachers

52

50

32

26

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

56

54

30

26

Service

43

42

31

24

    Protective service

44

42

35

26

Sales and office

52

51

37

32

    Office and administrative support

53

53

38

33

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

45

45

33

27

Production, transportation, and material moving

39

40

31

29

Full time

55

54

38

31

Part time

21

21

14

14

Union

53

51

54

45

Nonunion

47

47

17

15

Average wage within the following categories:2

       

    Lowest 25 percent

38

38

15

13

        Lowest 10 percent

31

31

8

7

    Second 25 percent

51

50

37

31

    Third 25 percent

53

52

39

32

    Highest 25 percent

58

55

48

40

        Highest 10 percent

63

56

56

47

Establishment characteristics

       

Service-providing industries

50

49

34

29

    Education and health services

52

50

33

27

        Educational services

53

52

33

27

            Elementary and secondary schools

53

51

28

24

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

54

52

48

37

        Health care and social assistance

42

42

30

26

            Hospitals

43

45

30

29

    Public administration

49

48

39

32

1 to 99 workers

32

32

17

16

    1 to 49 workers

26

26

11

10

    50 to 99 workers

42

41

27

24

100 workers or more

52

51

37

30

    100 to 499 workers

42

42

24

20

    500 workers or more

56

54

41

34

State government

60

58

45

35

Local government

46

45

31

26

Geographic areas

       

Northeast

53

47

51

44

    New England

34

27

36

28

    Middle Atlantic

61

54

57

50

South

53

54

10

8

    South Atlantic

44

45

12

7

    East South Central

68

70

    West South Central

57

58

11

12

Midwest

22

    East North Central

25

11

West

76

75

75

69

    Mountain

61

60

48

33

    Pacific

82

81

84

82

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 wage data for March 2015.


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/glossary20142015.htm.