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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, civilian workers,2
March 2018
(All workers = 100 percent)
Characteristics Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits
Healthcare benefits
Same sex Opposite
sex
Same sex Opposite
sex
All workers
17
17
41
37
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
28
28
56
51
    Management, business, and financial
24
24
62
58
    Professional and related
30
29
53
48
        Teachers
49
48
45
41
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
57
56
47
43
        Registered nurses
23
23
48
44
Service
10
10
25
23
    Protective service
34
34
44
39
Sales and office
14
14
42
38
    Sales and related
7
7
35
32
    Office and administrative support
18
18
46
43
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
13
11
33
29
    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry
10
9
24
24
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
16
12
41
34
Production, transportation, and material moving
14
12
36
32
    Production
10
8
33
29
    Transportation and material moving
17
16
38
34
Full time
21
20
49
44
Part time
7
7
17
16
Union
47
44
63
53
Nonunion
12
12
38
35
Average wage within the following categories:3
       
    Lowest 25 percent
5
5
20
19
        Lowest 10 percent
2
2
11
10
    Second 25 percent
14
14
40
37
    Third 25 percent
21
20
48
44
    Highest 25 percent
33
31
62
55
        Highest 10 percent
32
32
68
61
Establishment characteristics
       
Goods-producing industries
11
10
37
35
Service-providing industries
18
18
42
38
    Education and health services
28
27
44
41
        Educational services
50
50
49
44
            Elementary and secondary schools
57
56
45
42
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
44
44
59
50
        Health care and social assistance
13
13
41
39
            Hospitals
28
28
54
48
    Public administration
56
56
50
46
1 to 99 workers
8
8
28
28
    1 to 49 workers
7
6
26
25
    50 to 99 workers
13
13
35
34
100 workers or more
26
26
54
47
    100 to 499 workers
18
18
48
44
    500 workers or more
36
35
60
51
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
23
23
48
43
    New England
16
16
44
40
    Middle Atlantic
25
25
49
45
South
17
16
33
30
    South Atlantic
16
16
33
30
    East South Central
17
14
31
28
    West South Central
17
17
33
33
Midwest
11
10
31
26
    East North Central
10
8
31
26
    West North Central
13
13
30
27
West
21
21
59
56
    Mountain
17
17
51
45
    Pacific
23
23
63
61
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 2018.

Note: For definitions of major plans, key provisions, and related terms, see the "Glossary of Employee Benefit Terms"
at www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/national-compensation-survey-glossary-of-employee-benefit-terms.htm.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.