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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, State and local
government workers, March 2018
(All workers = 100 percent)
Characteristics Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits
Healthcare benefits
Same sex Opposite
sex
Same sex Opposite
sex
All workers
57
57
48
44
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
59
59
49
45
    Professional and related
59
58
48
44
        Teachers
61
60
47
43
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
64
63
49
45
Service
51
51
44
41
    Protective service
54
54
49
45
Sales and office
60
60
51
46
    Office and administrative support
60
60
51
46
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
50
50
45
39
Production, transportation, and material moving
56
57
45
43
Full time
62
61
52
47
Part time
30
29
25
24
Union
60
60
66
60
Nonunion
54
54
33
30
Average wage within the following categories:2
       
    Lowest 25 percent
47
47
31
29
        Lowest 10 percent
40
39
23
22
    Second 25 percent
56
56
50
46
    Third 25 percent
60
60
51
47
    Highest 25 percent
65
64
61
54
        Highest 10 percent
64
64
65
60
Establishment characteristics
       
Service-providing industries
57
57
48
44
    Education and health services
60
59
48
43
        Educational services
62
61
48
43
            Elementary and secondary schools
62
61
46
42
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
60
59
53
46
        Health care and social assistance
49
48
43
41
            Hospitals
48
49
35
35
    Public administration
56
56
50
46
1 to 99 workers
56
55
45
43
    1 to 49 workers
47
46
45
41
    50 to 99 workers
64
63
46
46
100 workers or more
57
58
49
44
    100 to 499 workers
53
54
43
41
    500 workers or more
60
59
52
45
State government
62
62
52
45
Local government
55
55
47
43
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
63
63
67
61
    New England
36
34
48
42
    Middle Atlantic
72
72
74
67
South
57
57
24
22
    South Atlantic
51
52
26
21
    East South Central
63
60
21
21
    West South Central
62
64
22
23
Midwest
31
30
41
33
    East North Central
30
27
50
37
    West North Central
34
35
25
24
West
77
77
79
77
    Mountain
67
65
66
58
    Pacific
82
82
85
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 2018.

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/national-compensation-survey-glossary-of-employee-benefit-terms.htm.

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