Paid leave by occupation, March 2013

July 25, 2013

In March 2013, about three-quarters of all workers in private industry and state and local government had access to paid holidays and paid vacations (76 percent and 74 percent, respectively), while roughly two-thirds had access to paid sick leave (65 percent).

Access to paid leave benefits among workers in private industry and state and local government, March 2013
Worker characteristicPaid sick leavePaid vacationPaid holidays

All workers


Management, professional, and related


Sales and office


Natural resources, construction, and maintenance


Production, transportation, and material moving




The proportion of management, professional, and related workers who received paid sick leave (85 percent) was larger than the proportion that received paid holidays and paid vacations (79 percent and 75 percent, respectively).  Among other occupation groups—sales and office; natural resources, construction and maintenance; production, transportation, and material moving; and service occupations—the reverse was true: the percentage of workers who received paid sick leave was smaller than the percentage with paid vacations and paid holidays.

Paid leave was least common among service occupations.  Paid leave was more likely to be provided for workers in protective service occupations than for workers in other service occupations. 

These data are from the National Compensation Survey – Benefits program. To learn more, see "Employee Benefits in the United States — March 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-1344.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Paid leave by occupation, March 2013 on the Internet at (visited September 27, 2016).


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