Private industry workers received average of 15 paid vacation days after 5 years of service in 2017

June 28, 2018

As summer arrives, many workers are planning for vacations. Paid vacations were available to 76 percent of private industry workers in March 2017. On average, workers received 10 paid vacation days after 1 year of service. The number of paid vacation days increases slightly as tenure with the current employer increases. After 5 years, workers received 15 paid days on average. They received an average of 17 days after 10 years and 20 days after 20 years.

Average number of paid vacation days by length of service and establishment size, March 2017
Length of service and establishment size Private industry State and local government

After 1 year, all establishments

10 13

After 1 year, 1–99 workers

9 11

After 1 year, 100 workers or more

12 13

After 5 years, all establishments

15 16

After 5 years, 1–99 workers

13 14

After 5 years, 100 workers or more

16 16

After 10 years, all establishments

17 18

After 10 years, 1–99 workers

15 17

After 10 years, 100 workers or more

19 19

After 20 years, all establishments

20 22

After 20 years, 1–99 workers

17 21

After 20 years, 100 workers or more

23 22

Sixty percent of state and local government workers had access to paid vacations in March 2017. Workers received an average of 13 days after 1 year of service. Workers received an average of 16 paid vacation days after 5 years, 18 days after 10 years, and 22 days after 20 years.

Workers in private industry and in state and local government received a higher average number of paid vacation days in establishments with 100 or more workers than in smaller establishments.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey — Benefits program. To learn more, see Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2017.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Private industry workers received average of 15 paid vacation days after 5 years of service in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/private-industry-workers-received-average-of-15-paid-vacation-days-after-5-years-of-service-in-2017.htm (visited December 14, 2018).

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