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Employee Benefits Survey
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Short-term disability plans: Method of benefit payment

Table 24. Short-term disability plans: Method of benefit payment, private industry
workers, March 2017
(All workers with short-term disability coverage = 100 percent)
Characteristics Flat dollar
amounts
Dollar
amount
varies
Fixed
percent of
annual
earnings
Percent
varies by
annual
earnings
Other
All workers
6
2
69
23
[1]
Worker characteristics
         
Management, professional, and related
1
1
69
28
[1]
    Management, business, and financial
2
59
37
    Professional and related
1
75
22
Service
6
84
7
Sales and office
2
1
70
26
1
    Sales and related
3
70
24
    Office and administrative support
2
70
27
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
16
59
20
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
6
3
60
31
Production, transportation, and material moving
14
64
18
    Transportation and material moving
9
75
12
Full time
6
2
67
24
[1]
Part time
2
88
8
Nonunion
3
1
71
24
[1]
Average wage within the following categories:2
         
    Lowest 25 percent
4
82
10
        Lowest 10 percent
83
8
    Second 25 percent
8
1
73
17
[1]
    Third 25 percent
6
3
68
22
1
    Highest 25 percent
4
2
63
31
[1]
        Highest 10 percent
2
1
63
34
[1]
Establishment characteristics
         
Service-providing industries
3
2
72
23
[1]
    Trade, transportation, and utilities
5
3
74
17
1
        Wholesale trade
4
2
75
19
        Retail trade
3
78
15
        Transportation and warehousing
10
70
15
    Information
31
66
    Financial activities
49
49
        Finance and insurance
[1]
44
55
            Credit intermediation and related activities
32
67
            Insurance carriers and related activities
59
40
        Real estate and rental and leasing
78
    Professional and business services
75
25
        Professional and technical services
80
20
    Education and health services
2
90
7
        Educational services
1
84
14
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
77
21
    Leisure and hospitality
9
80
7
        Accommodation and food services
6
81
8
    Other services
81
7
1 to 99 workers
5
2
76
17
1
    1 to 49 workers
4
2
76
18
1
    50 to 99 workers
6
75
15
100 workers or more
6
2
65
26
[1]
    100 to 499 workers
7
67
24
    500 workers or more
5
3
62
29
[1]
Geographic areas
         
Northeast
3
82
15
    Middle Atlantic
2
85
13
South
6
3
61
30
[1]
    South Atlantic
6
4
62
27
1
    East South Central
3
65
24
    West South Central
5
57
36
West
4
2
69
24
2
    Mountain
4
74
21
    Pacific
4
2
65
26
2
1Less than 0.5.
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: 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.