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Employee Benefits Survey
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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Spec 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, civilian workers,2
March 2017
(All workers = 100 percent)
Characteristics Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits
Healthcare benefits
Same sex Opposite
sex
Same sex Opposite
sex
All workers
17
17
40
36
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
28
28
55
49
    Management, business, and financial
25
25
61
56
    Professional and related
30
29
52
47
        Teachers
49
48
45
41
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
58
57
47
44
        Registered nurses
22
22
44
39
Service
10
10
24
21
    Protective service
33
34
41
37
Sales and office
14
14
42
39
    Sales and related
6
6
36
32
    Office and administrative support
19
19
46
43
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
12
11
30
25
    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry
10
10
20
21
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
15
12
39
30
Production, transportation, and material moving
12
12
33
30
    Production
9
8
31
29
    Transportation and material moving
15
15
35
31
Full time
21
20
47
42
Part time
7
7
17
17
Union
46
43
61
51
Nonunion
13
13
36
33
Average wage within the following categories:3
       
    Lowest 25 percent
6
6
19
18
        Lowest 10 percent
2
2
9
9
    Second 25 percent
14
14
38
36
    Third 25 percent
21
20
46
41
    Highest 25 percent
33
32
61
54
        Highest 10 percent
33
32
68
61
Establishment characteristics
       
Goods-producing industries
10
9
35
33
Service-providing industries
18
18
41
37
    Education and health services
28
28
45
40
        Educational services
51
50
49
43
            Elementary and secondary schools
57
56
45
41
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
45
44
58
47
        Health care and social assistance
13
14
42
38
            Hospitals
26
27
51
42
    Public administration
56
56
50
46
1 to 99 workers
9
8
27
26
    1 to 49 workers
7
7
25
24
    50 to 99 workers
14
13
33
33
100 workers or more
26
26
52
46
    100 to 499 workers
17
18
47
43
    500 workers or more
36
36
60
49
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
22
22
47
41
    New England
14
15
43
39
    Middle Atlantic
24
25
48
42
South
17
17
32
30
    South Atlantic
17
17
34
30
    East South Central
17
16
31
28
    West South Central
17
17
30
30
Midwest
10
10
30
24
    East North Central
9
9
30
24
    West North Central
13
12
28
25
West
21
21
57
54
    Mountain
17
16
47
42
    Pacific
23
23
62
60
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
www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-3/employer-sponsored-benefits-extended-to-domestic-partners.htm.
2Includes workers in private industry and state and local 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 2017.

Note: 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.