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Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, private industry
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
11
10
40
36
Worker characteristics
       
Management, professional, and related
17
17
58
54
    Management, business, and financial
19
19
64
59
    Professional and related
16
16
56
50
Service
4
4
22
21
    Protective service
37
31
Sales and office
10
10
41
38
    Sales and related
6
7
35
31
    Office and administrative support
12
11
46
42
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
10
8
32
29
    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry
7
6
22
23
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
13
9
41
34
Production, transportation, and material moving
12
11
35
31
    Production
9
7
33
29
    Transportation and material moving
14
14
38
34
Full time
13
12
48
44
Part time
5
5
16
16
Union
36
30
60
46
Nonunion
8
8
38
35
Average wage within the following categories:2
       
    Lowest 25 percent
3
3
19
18
        Lowest 10 percent
1
1
10
10
    Second 25 percent
8
8
38
36
    Third 25 percent
13
12
47
42
    Highest 25 percent
22
21
62
56
        Highest 10 percent
24
23
69
61
Establishment characteristics
       
Goods-producing industries
10
9
37
35
    Construction
6
6
22
24
    Manufacturing
12
10
45
40
Service-providing industries
11
11
41
37
    Trade, transportation, and utilities
10
9
42
37
        Wholesale trade
7
6
38
35
        Retail trade
6
6
37
34
        Transportation and warehousing
22
21
54
47
        Utilities
35
30
65
61
    Information
32
20
80
46
    Financial activities
29
28
65
63
        Finance and insurance
37
35
75
72
            Credit intermediation and related activities
40
38
75
71
            Insurance carriers and related activities
28
27
72
68
        Real estate and rental and leasing
8
6
36
37
    Professional and business services
10
10
42
40
        Professional and technical services
12
11
54
53
        Administrative and waste services
4
4
25
23
    Education and health services
11
11
43
40
        Educational services
12
12
52
45
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
15
15
68
56
        Health care and social assistance
10
10
41
39
    Leisure and hospitality
2
3
19
17
        Accommodation and food services
2
2
17
16
    Other services
7
8
19
20
1 to 99 workers
5
5
27
26
    1 to 49 workers
5
4
25
24
    50 to 99 workers
6
6
33
32
100 workers or more
18
17
55
48
    100 to 499 workers
13
13
49
45
    500 workers or more
25
23
64
53
Geographic areas
       
Northeast
16
16
45
41
    New England
13
13
44
40
    Middle Atlantic
17
17
45
41
South
10
9
35
32
    South Atlantic
10
10
35
31
    East South Central
8
6
33
29
    West South Central
9
9
35
34
Midwest
8
7
30
25
    East North Central
7
6
29
24
    West North Central
9
9
31
28
West
12
11
56
52
    Mountain
9
9
48
43
    Pacific
13
13
59
57
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: 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.