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Paid sick leave: Limit on days accumulated

Table 37. Paid sick leave: Limit on days accumulated, private industry workers, March 2018
(Includes workers in sick leave plans1 that specify a fixed number of days and limit the number of accumulated carryover days)
Characteristics Limit on paid sick leave days accumulated (in number of days)2 Mean
number of
days
10th
percentile
25th
percentile
50th
percentile
(median)
75th
percentile
90th
percentile
All workers
5
10
21
60
120
45
Worker characteristics
           
Management, professional, and related
6
15
36
69
126
57
    Management, business, and financial
6
12
30
60
120
55
    Professional and related
18
44
80
130
59
Sales and office
5
10
20
50
120
40
    Sales and related
5
10
30
32
    Office and administrative support
5
10
24
60
120
44
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
5
7
110
40
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
5
18
65
51
    Transportation and material moving
6
10
24
115
163
61
Full time
5
10
27
60
120
47
Nonunion
5
10
20
50
92
40
Average wage within the following categories:3
           
    Second 25 percent
5
10
19
60
100
39
    Third 25 percent
5
10
30
64
120
51
    Highest 25 percent
6
12
30
80
133
56
        Highest 10 percent
7
12
120
150
64
Service-providing industries
6
10
30
60
120
49
    Trade, transportation, and utilities
5
10
28
90
150
54
        Wholesale trade
30
60
27
        Retail trade
5
10
18
31
120
32
    Information
12
65
90
63
    Financial activities
10
12
26
60
125
54
        Finance and insurance
10
12
25
60
130
57
            Credit intermediation and related activities
10
12
20
90
34
            Insurance carriers and related activities
104
        Real estate and rental and leasing
27
    Education and health services
20
45
75
120
60
        Educational services
12
20
56
130
68
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
12
24
60
125
132
79
        Health care and social assistance
40
72
120
58
    Leisure and hospitality
5
7
10
20
60
23
1 to 99 workers
5
9
20
35
90
36
    1 to 49 workers
5
8
15
30
60
27
    50 to 99 workers
5
10
115
51
100 workers or more
5
10
30
69
125
50
    100 to 499 workers
5
10
20
60
96
38
Geographic areas
           
Northeast
5
8
70
130
52
    New England
5
137
55
    Middle Atlantic
5
8
65
130
50
South
7
10
30
73
120
53
    South Atlantic
7
10
30
72
130
59
    East South Central
10
30
60
94
45
    West South Central
11
73
120
46
West
6
10
20
50
110
37
    Pacific
6
8
20
50
96
36
1Employees earn or accrue a specified number of sick leave days per year. This number may vary by length of service.
2The 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles designate position within each published series. For example, at the 50th percentile or median,
half of participating workers receive the same as or more than the amount shown, and half receive the same as or less than the amount shown. At
the 25th percentile, one-fourth of participating workers receive the same or less than the amount shown. The remaining percentiles follow the same
logic.
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: 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.