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Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits

Table 25. Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits, civilian workers,1 March 2016
(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
93
12
21
26
26
26
7
Worker characteristics
             
Management, professional, and related
92
12
20
26
26
26
8
    Management, business, and financial
95
12
20
26
26
26
5
    Professional and related
91
12
21
26
26
26
9
        Teachers
84
12
20
26
52
16
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
80
12
20
26
52
20
        Registered nurses
95
12
26
26
26
5
Service
95
12
26
26
26
5
    Protective service
93
12
26
26
26
7
Sales and office
92
12
21
26
26
26
8
    Sales and related
90
11
26
26
26
10
    Office and administrative support
93
12
21
26
26
26
7
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
92
13
26
26
26
8
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
89
13
25
26
26
52
11
Production, transportation, and material moving
92
13
24
26
26
26
8
    Production
90
13
21
26
26
26
10
    Transportation and material moving
94
13
25
26
26
26
6
Full time
92
12
21
26
26
26
8
Part time
95
13
26
26
26
26
5
Union
88
13
26
26
26
36
12
Nonunion
94
12
21
26
26
26
6
Average wage within the following categories:3
             
    Lowest 25 percent
93
12
21
26
26
26
7
        Lowest 10 percent
94
13
26
26
26
26
6
    Second 25 percent
94
12
21
26
26
26
6
    Third 25 percent
92
12
20
26
26
26
8
    Highest 25 percent
91
12
24
26
26
26
9
        Highest 10 percent
91
12
24
26
26
26
9
Establishment characteristics
             
Goods-producing industries
92
12
22
26
26
26
8
Service-providing industries
93
12
21
26
26
26
7
    Education and health services
92
12
20
26
26
26
8
        Educational services
83
13
22
26
26
52
17
            Elementary and secondary schools
80
13
21
26
52
20
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
88
13
26
26
26
12
        Health care and social assistance
97
12
26
26
26
3
    Public administration
88
24
26
26
52
12
1 to 99 workers
95
12
18
26
26
26
5
    1 to 49 workers
94
12
18
26
26
26
6
    50 to 99 workers
97
12
20
26
26
26
3
100 workers or more
91
12
22
26
26
26
9
    100 to 499 workers
93
12
18
26
26
26
7
    500 workers or more
90
13
25
26
26
26
10
Geographic areas
             
Northeast
94
26
26
26
26
6
    Middle Atlantic
94
25
26
26
26
26
6
South
92
12
18
26
26
26
8
    South Atlantic
93
12
18
26
26
36
7
    East South Central
90
12
21
26
26
26
10
    West South Central
92
12
13
26
26
26
8
Midwest
90
12
13
26
26
26
10
    East North Central
90
12
15
26
26
26
10
West
94
11
13
26
26
26
6
    Mountain
93
11
13
21
26
26
7
    Pacific
95
12
25
26
26
26
5
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 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 2016.

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/glossary20152016.htm.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.