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Access to retirement and medical benefits by occupation, March 2015

July 28, 2015

Retirement benefits were available to 66 percent of private industry workers in the United States in March 2015. Access to benefits differed among some occupational groups. Among workers in management, professional, and related occupations in private industry, 80 percent had access to retirement benefits—compared with 39 percent in service occupations.

Retirement benefits: access, participation, and take-up rates, by private industry occupation, March 2015
Occupation Access Participation Take-up rate

All workers

66% 49% 74%

Management, professional, and related

80 67 84

Production, transportation, and material moving

71 53 75

Sales and office

70 49 70

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

66 52 80

Service

39 22 55

Medical care benefits were available to 69 percent of private industry workers in March 2015. Within private industry, 87 percent of workers in management, professional, and related occupations had access to medical care, compared with 41 percent in service occupations.

Medical care benefits: access, participation, and take-up rates, by private industry occupation, March 2015
Occupation Access Participation Take-up rate

All workers

69% 50% 72%

Management, professional, and related

87 66 76

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

76 60 79

Production, transportation, and material moving

76 56 73

Sales and office

69 49 71

Service

41 24 60

These data are from the National Compensation Survey — Benefits program. To learn more, see "Employee Benefits in the United States — March 2015" (HTML) (PDF). Take-up rates are the percentage of workers with access to a plan who participate in the plan.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Access to retirement and medical benefits by occupation, March 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/access-to-retirement-and-medical-benefits-by-occupation-march-2015.htm (visited October 21, 2019).

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