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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, State and local
government workers, March 2017
(All workers = 100 percent)
Characteristics Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits
Healthcare benefits
Same sex Opposite
sex
Same sex Opposite
sex
All workers
58
57
48
43
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
60
59
49
44
    Professional and related
59
59
48
43
        Teachers
61
60
46
42
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
64
63
48
45
Service
52
52
44
40
    Protective service
54
54
49
45
Sales and office
61
61
51
46
    Office and administrative support
61
61
51
46
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
50
51
45
39
Production, transportation, and material moving
56
57
45
43
Full time
62
62
51
47
Part time
31
30
25
25
Union
61
61
65
59
Nonunion
55
55
33
30
Average wage within the following categories:2
       
    Lowest 25 percent
47
47
31
29
        Lowest 10 percent
41
41
24
23
    Second 25 percent
57
57
50
47
    Third 25 percent
61
61
50
46
    Highest 25 percent
65
65
61
54
        Highest 10 percent
64
64
64
57
Establishment characteristics
       
Service-providing industries
58
57
48
43
    Education and health services
61
60
47
42
        Educational services
62
61
47
43
            Elementary and secondary schools
63
61
46
42
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
60
59
51
43
        Health care and social assistance
51
50
44
41
            Hospitals
48
49
36
35
    Public administration
56
56
50
46
1 to 99 workers
58
57
46
44
    1 to 49 workers
50
49
45
41
    50 to 99 workers
65
64
47
47
100 workers or more
57
57
48
43
    100 to 499 workers
54
54
43
41
    500 workers or more
59
59
50
44
State government
63
62
51
43
Local government
56
56
46
43
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
63
63
65
60
    New England
36
34
48
42
    Middle Atlantic
72
73
71
65
South
57
58
24
21
    South Atlantic
52
52
26
21
    East South Central
63
60
22
21
    West South Central
63
64
21
23
Midwest
33
31
41
33
    East North Central
32
29
50
38
    West North Central
34
34
25
24
West
77
77
79
76
    Mountain
67
66
66
58
    Pacific
81
82
84
85
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.
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 2017.

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/glossary20162017.htm.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.