Defined benefit retirement plans: Open and frozen plans Standard Errors

Table 4. Standard errors for defined benefit retirement
plans: Open and frozen plans, State and local
government workers, National Compensation Survey,
March 2009

Characteristics

Open
plans1

Frozen
plans2

All workers

0.9

0.9

Worker characteristics

   

Management, professional, and related

1.0

1.0

    Professional and related

0.9

0.9

        Teachers

0.9

0.9

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

0.9

0.9

        Registered nurses

2.8

2.8

Service

1.0

1.0

    Protective service

1.6

1.6

Sales and office

1.4

1.4

    Office and administrative support

1.3

1.3

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

0.9

0.9

Production, transportation, and material moving

2.3

2.3

Full time

0.9

0.9

Part time

1.5

1.5

Union

1.3

1.3

Nonunion

0.8

0.8

Wage percentiles:3

   

    Lowest 10 percent

1.1

1.1

    Lowest 25 percent

1.0

1.0

    Second 25 percent

1.3

1.3

    Third 25 percent

1.0

1.0

    Highest 25 percent

1.0

1.0

    Highest 10 percent

1.6

1.6

Establishment characteristics

   

Service-providing industries

0.9

0.9

    Education and health services

0.8

0.8

        Educational services

0.8

0.8

            Elementary and secondary schools

0.9

0.9

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

1.7

1.7

        Health care and social assistance

2.0

2.0

            Hospitals

2.5

2.5

    Public administration

1.5

1.5

1 to 99 workers

1.2

1.2

    1 to 49 workers

1.4

1.4

    50 to 99 workers

1.9

1.9

100 workers or more

0.9

0.9

    100 to 499 workers

1.7

1.7

    500 workers or more

0.8

0.8

State government

2.0

2.0

Local government

0.7

0.7

Geographic areas

   

New England

3.1

3.1

Middle Atlantic

1.0

1.0

East North Central

2.0

2.0

West North Central

South Atlantic

0.5

0.5

East South Central

0.3

West South Central

2.4

2.4

Mountain

Pacific

3.8

3.8

Footnotes:

1Plans open to new participants.

2Plans closed to new workers or plans that cease accruals for some or all plan
participants.

3The percentile groupings are based on the average wage for each occupation
surveyed, which may include workers both above and below the threshold. The
percentile values are based on the estimates published in the "National Compensation
Survey: Occupational Earnings in the United States, 2008." See Technical Note for
more details.

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/glossary20082009.htm.