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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 2015

(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

8

29

    Management, business, and financial

63

10

27

    Professional and related

63

8

29

Service

69

Sales and office

74

5

22

    Sales and related

78

5

17

    Office and administrative support

71

5

24

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

74

11

15

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

75

12

13

Full time

69

7

24

Nonunion

68

6

25

Average wage within the following categories:4

     

    Second 25 percent

72

5

23

    Third 25 percent

72

5

23

    Highest 25 percent

65

9

26

        Highest 10 percent

64

11

25

Establishment characteristics

     

Service-providing industries

70

6

24

    Trade, transportation, and utilities

82

5

13

        Wholesale trade

78

8

14

        Retail trade

83

4

12

        Utilities

84

3

12

    Information

69

15

16

    Financial activities

64

6

30

        Finance and insurance

64

5

31

            Credit intermediation and related activities

73

2

25

            Insurance carriers and related activities

53

5

42

        Real estate and rental and leasing

63

9

28

    Professional and business services:
         Professional and technical services

61

9

30

    Education and health services

62

3

35

        Educational services

86

7

7

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

83

8

9

        Health care and social assistance

58

    Other services

72

9

18

1 to 99 workers

71

9

21

    1 to 49 workers

69

11

20

    50 to 99 workers

75

3

22

100 workers or more

69

4

26

    100 to 499 workers

72

4

24

Geographic areas

     

Northeast

70

8

21

    New England

60

9

30

    Middle Atlantic

74

8

18

South

70

5

25

    South Atlantic

70

6

24

    East South Central

73

7

20

    West South Central

67

3

30

Midwest:
     East North Central

72

4

24

West

71

6

24

    Mountain

61

6

33

    Pacific

75

6

20

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 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.