August 09, 2013
The provisions of paid vacation plans have become more generous in recent years. The average number of paid vacation days per year increased by 2 for workers with 1, 10, and 20 years of service over the past two decades.
|Length of service||Paid vacation||Paid sick leave|
The provisions of sick leave plans have changed significantly since 1992–1993. The average number of paid sick leave days per year ranged from 10 days with 1 year of service to 17 days with 20 years during the 1992–1993 period. In contrast, the average number of paid sick leave days ranged from 8 days for 1 year of service to 10 days after 20 years of service in 2012.
The average number of annual paid holidays declined from 10 days in 1992–1993 to 8 days in 2012. (Holiday provisions are the same for all lengths of service.)
These data are from the National Compensation Survey - Benefits program. To learn more, see the Beyond the Numbers article, "Paid leave in private industry over the past 20 years" (August 2013).