Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access

Table 44. Unmarried domestic partner benefits: Access1, civilian workers,2
National Compensation Survey, March 2013

(All workers = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Defined benefit
retirement survivor
benefits

Healthcare benefits

Same sex

Opposite
sex

Same sex

Opposite
sex

All workers

15

14

32

26

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

24

23

44

36

    Management, business, and financial

22

22

52

44

    Professional and related

25

24

40

32

        Teachers

42

40

32

26

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

50

48

29

25

        Registered nurses

19

19

33

24

Service

9

8

20

16

    Protective service

27

26

27

19

Sales and office

13

13

32

28

    Sales and related

5

5

25

22

    Office and administrative support

17

17

36

31

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

12

12

26

21

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

10

11

18

16

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

14

13

33

25

Production, transportation, and material moving

10

9

27

23

    Production

6

5

26

22

    Transportation and material moving

13

13

28

24

Full time

18

17

38

32

Part time

6

6

12

10

Union

39

37

51

40

Nonunion

11

11

28

24

Average wage within the following categories:3

       

    Lowest 25 percent

4

4

12

11

        Lowest 10 percent

2

2

7

6

    Second 25 percent

12

12

28

25

    Third 25 percent

18

17

39

33

    Highest 25 percent

27

26

52

42

        Highest 10 percent

28

26

60

49

Establishment characteristics

       

Goods-producing industries

7

6

29

25

Service-providing industries

16

16

32

27

    Education and health services

25

24

30

25

        Educational services

43

42

34

28

            Elementary and secondary schools

49

47

28

25

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

36

35

49

38

        Healthcare and social assistance

12

12

27

23

            Hospitals

23

23

34

25

    Public administration

48

47

38

31

1 to 99 workers

5

5

20

18

    1 to 49 workers

4

4

17

15

    50 to 99 workers

8

7

29

27

100 workers or more

24

23

43

34

    100 to 499 workers

14

14

35

30

    500 workers or more

34

32

50

38

Geographic areas

       

New England

13

12

39

33

Middle Atlantic

18

17

37

29

East North Central

7

6

22

14

West North Central

11

10

27

24

South Atlantic

14

13

23

18

East South Central

19

19

17

13

West South Central

14

15

19

19

Mountain

14

14

39

32

Pacific

23

23

58

54

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 the Unmarried
Domestic Partners Benefit Fact Sheet at:www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs_domestic2012.pdf.

2Includes workers in the private nonfarm economy except those in private households, and workers in the public
sector, except the federal government. See Technical Note for further explanation.

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 data from the National Compensation Survey publication, "Employer Costs for Employee
Compensation - March 2013."


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/glossary20122013.htm.