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Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits

Table 25. Short-term disability plans: Duration of benefits, civilian workers,1 March 2017
(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
22
26
26
26
7
Worker characteristics
             
Management, professional, and related
93
12
20
26
26
26
7
    Management, business, and financial
94
12
20
26
26
26
6
    Professional and related
92
12
20
26
26
26
8
        Teachers
92
12
20
26
26
52
8
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
90
12
13
26
52
10
        Registered nurses
94
12
18
26
26
26
6
Service
96
12
24
26
26
26
4
    Protective service
95
12
26
26
26
5
Sales and office
92
12
24
26
26
26
8
    Sales and related
89
12
26
26
26
11
    Office and administrative support
93
13
25
26
26
26
7
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
92
13
26
26
26
8
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
90
13
25
26
26
52
10
Production, transportation, and material moving
91
13
25
26
26
26
9
    Transportation and material moving
93
13
25
26
26
26
7
Full time
92
12
21
26
26
26
8
Part time
96
13
26
26
26
26
4
Union
90
13
26
26
26
10
Nonunion
93
12
21
26
26
26
7
Average wage within the following categories:3
             
    Lowest 25 percent
95
12
22
26
26
26
5
        Lowest 10 percent
95
12
26
26
26
5
    Second 25 percent
94
12
24
26
26
26
6
    Third 25 percent
92
12
21
26
26
26
8
    Highest 25 percent
91
12
24
26
26
26
9
        Highest 10 percent
92
12
25
26
26
26
8
Establishment characteristics
             
Service-providing industries
93
12
22
26
26
26
7
    Education and health services
94
12
18
26
26
26
6
        Educational services
90
13
22
26
26
52
10
            Elementary and secondary schools
87
12
20
26
26
52
13
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
94
13
26
26
26
52
6
            Hospitals
92
12
18
26
26
26
8
    Public administration
88
20
25
26
26
52
12
1 to 99 workers
95
12
20
26
26
26
5
    1 to 49 workers
94
12
20
26
26
26
6
    50 to 99 workers
95
12
21
26
26
26
5
100 workers or more
91
12
24
26
26
26
9
    100 to 499 workers
93
12
21
26
26
26
7
    500 workers or more
90
13
25
26
26
26
10
Geographic areas
             
Northeast
95
26
26
26
26
5
    Middle Atlantic
95
25
26
26
26
26
5
South
92
12
18
26
26
26
8
    South Atlantic
92
12
20
26
26
36
8
    West South Central
92
12
13
26
26
26
8
West
94
12
20
26
26
26
6
    Mountain
94
11
13
22
26
26
6
    Pacific
94
13
26
26
26
26
6
1Includes workers in private industry and state and local 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 2017.

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/glossary20162017.htm.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.