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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, private industry
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
11
10
39
35
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
17
17
57
51
    Management, business, and financial
19
20
62
57
    Professional and related
16
15
54
48
Service
4
4
21
18
    Protective service
6
6
29
26
Sales and office
10
10
42
38
    Sales and related
6
6
36
32
    Office and administrative support
13
13
46
42
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
9
7
28
24
    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry
7
6
17
19
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
12
8
39
29
Production, transportation, and material moving
10
10
33
30
    Production
8
7
31
29
    Transportation and material moving
12
12
35
30
Full time
13
12
47
42
Part time
5
5
17
16
Union
33
28
58
44
Nonunion
8
9
37
34
Average wage within the following categories:2
       
    Lowest 25 percent
3
3
17
16
        Lowest 10 percent
1
2
8
7
    Second 25 percent
8
8
37
35
    Third 25 percent
12
11
45
40
    Highest 25 percent
22
21
61
53
        Highest 10 percent
23
23
69
62
Establishment characteristics
       
Goods-producing industries
10
9
34
32
    Construction
5
6
17
20
    Manufacturing
11
10
43
38
Service-providing industries
11
11
39
35
    Trade, transportation, and utilities
9
9
40
35
        Wholesale trade
6
5
35
32
        Retail trade
6
6
37
33
        Transportation and warehousing
19
18
53
44
        Utilities
37
33
60
55
    Information
35
20
82
44
    Financial activities
29
28
64
61
        Finance and insurance
36
35
73
69
            Credit intermediation and related activities
38
36
73
69
            Insurance carriers and related activities
33
31
70
65
        Real estate and rental and leasing
4
5
35
35
    Professional and business services
9
11
37
37
        Professional and technical services
10
12
51
53
        Administrative and waste services
5
5
19
19
    Education and health services
10
11
43
39
        Educational services
12
12
53
43
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
17
17
70
55
        Health care and social assistance
10
10
42
38
    Leisure and hospitality
3
4
20
17
        Accommodation and food services
3
3
19
16
    Other services
9
9
21
21
1 to 99 workers
5
5
26
25
    1 to 49 workers
5
5
24
23
    50 to 99 workers
7
6
32
31
100 workers or more
17
17
54
47
    100 to 499 workers
12
12
47
44
    500 workers or more
25
24
64
51
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
15
16
44
38
    New England
11
12
42
38
    Middle Atlantic
16
17
44
38
South
10
10
34
31
    South Atlantic
11
11
36
32
    East South Central
8
7
33
30
    West South Central
9
8
32
31
Midwest
7
7
28
23
    East North Central
6
6
28
22
    West North Central
9
9
28
25
West
11
11
53
50
    Mountain
8
8
43
39
    Pacific
13
13
58
56
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: 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.