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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, State and local
government workers, March 2016
(All workers = 100 percent)
Characteristics Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits
Healthcare benefits
Same sex Opposite
sex
Same sex Opposite
sex
All workers
50
49
35
29
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
53
51
35
30
    Professional and related
53
52
35
29
        Teachers
52
50
33
27
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
56
54
31
26
Service
43
42
32
25
    Protective service
44
43
37
28
Sales and office
54
53
39
34
    Office and administrative support
55
55
40
34
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
46
46
33
27
Production, transportation, and material moving
39
40
31
30
Full time
55
54
39
32
Part time
20
21
14
13
Union
53
51
55
45
Nonunion
47
47
18
15
Average wage within the following categories:2
       
    Lowest 25 percent
38
39
15
13
        Lowest 10 percent
32
33
8
7
    Second 25 percent
51
50
37
31
    Third 25 percent
52
51
39
33
    Highest 25 percent
58
55
49
40
        Highest 10 percent
63
56
59
50
Establishment characteristics
       
Service-providing industries
50
49
35
29
    Education and health services
52
50
33
28
        Educational services
53
52
33
27
            Elementary and secondary schools
53
52
29
24
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
54
53
48
37
        Health care and social assistance
40
40
33
30
            Hospitals
37
40
33
32
    Public administration
49
48
40
33
1 to 99 workers
34
34
18
16
    1 to 49 workers
28
28
14
13
    50 to 99 workers
43
42
23
21
100 workers or more
52
51
37
31
    100 to 499 workers
40
41
25
21
    500 workers or more
56
54
41
34
State government
58
57
46
36
Local government
47
46
31
27
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
53
47
52
44
    New England
34
27
35
28
    Middle Atlantic
61
54
58
51
South
53
54
11
9
    South Atlantic
45
45
13
8
    East South Central
71
72
    West South Central
56
57
12
12
Midwest
23
    East North Central
25
11
West
77
76
76
70
    Mountain
61
61
49
34
    Pacific
83
82
86
83
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 2016.

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/glossary20152016.htm.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.