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Employee Benefits Survey
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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, civilian workers,2
March 2016
(All workers = 100 percent)
Characteristics Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits
Healthcare benefits
Same sex Opposite
sex
Same sex Opposite
sex
All workers
16
16
38
34
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
26
26
52
46
    Management, business, and financial
24
24
59
54
    Professional and related
27
26
49
42
        Teachers
43
41
35
29
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
51
49
33
29
        Registered nurses
21
22
45
38
Service
10
10
23
20
    Protective service
28
28
34
27
Sales and office
13
13
41
37
    Sales and related
6
6
35
31
    Office and administrative support
18
18
44
41
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
13
11
29
25
    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry
11
11
19
20
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
15
11
38
29
Production, transportation, and material moving
11
11
33
30
    Production
9
8
31
29
    Transportation and material moving
14
14
35
30
Full time
20
19
45
40
Part time
6
6
17
16
Union
43
39
56
45
Nonunion
12
12
35
32
Average wage within the following categories:3
       
    Lowest 25 percent
5
6
19
18
        Lowest 10 percent
2
2
9
9
    Second 25 percent
13
13
36
33
    Third 25 percent
20
19
45
39
    Highest 25 percent
30
28
58
50
        Highest 10 percent
32
30
67
59
Establishment characteristics
       
Goods-producing industries
10
9
35
32
Service-providing industries
17
17
39
34
    Education and health services
26
25
40
35
        Educational services
44
43
38
31
            Elementary and secondary schools
48
47
30
26
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
40
39
57
44
        Health care and social assistance
13
14
42
37
            Hospitals
23
24
52
42
    Public administration
49
48
40
33
1 to 99 workers
6
6
25
24
    1 to 49 workers
5
6
24
23
    50 to 99 workers
9
8
30
29
100 workers or more
26
25
50
43
    100 to 499 workers
16
16
46
42
    500 workers or more
37
35
55
44
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
20
20
45
39
    New England
15
15
41
36
    Middle Atlantic
22
22
46
40
South
17
16
30
28
    South Atlantic
16
16
32
28
    East South Central
20
19
28
26
    West South Central
15
15
29
28
Midwest
9
8
28
22
    East North Central
7
6
28
21
    West North Central
13
12
28
25
West
21
20
56
53
    Mountain
14
14
43
38
    Pacific
23
23
62
59
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 2016.

Note: 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.