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Paid sick leave: Type of provision

Table 34. Paid sick leave: Type of provision, private industry workers,
March 2016
(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
4
25
Worker characteristics
     
Management, professional, and related
64
7
28
    Management, business, and financial
64
9
27
    Professional and related
64
6
29
Service
71
1
28
Sales and office
69
4
27
    Sales and related
67
4
29
    Office and administrative support
70
4
26
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
78
5
17
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
78
6
15
Production, transportation, and material moving
82
2
16
    Transportation and material moving
85
1
13
Full time
70
5
26
Union
85
2
13
Nonunion
68
5
27
Average wage within the following categories:4
     
    Lowest 25 percent
72
2
27
    Second 25 percent
72
2
26
    Third 25 percent
73
4
23
    Highest 25 percent
66
8
26
        Highest 10 percent
64
11
26
Establishment characteristics
     
Goods-producing industries:
     Construction
77
4
19
Service-providing industries
70
4
26
    Trade, transportation, and utilities
74
3
22
        Wholesale trade
81
6
13
        Retail trade
67
3
31
        Transportation and warehousing
85
1
14
        Utilities
82
2
16
    Information
73
11
17
    Financial activities
63
6
31
        Finance and insurance
63
5
32
            Credit intermediation and related activities
72
2
26
            Insurance carriers and related activities
49
6
45
        Real estate and rental and leasing
66
    Professional and business services
68
8
23
        Professional and technical services
64
8
29
    Education and health services
66
1
33
        Educational services
85
5
10
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
84
8
8
        Health care and social assistance
62
    Leisure and hospitality
75
        Accommodation and food services
74
    Other services
74
6
20
1 to 99 workers
74
5
20
    1 to 49 workers
73
7
20
    50 to 99 workers
77
2
22
100 workers or more
67
3
30
    100 to 499 workers
70
2
28
    500 workers or more
62
5
32
Geographic areas
     
Northeast
74
5
21
    New England
67
5
28
    Middle Atlantic
76
5
19
South
69
5
26
    South Atlantic
68
6
26
    East South Central
73
6
21
    West South Central
68
3
28
Midwest
70
3
27
    East North Central
71
3
26
West
69
4
27
    Mountain
55
5
40
    Pacific
75
3
22
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 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.