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National Compensation Survey - Benefits produces comprehensive data on the incidence (the percentage of workers with access to and participation in employer provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.

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Retirement benefits available to 91% of state and local government workers in March 2019

09/19/2019

Retirement benefits were available to 91 percent of state and local government workers. Sixty-nine percent of workers in the lowest 10 percent wage category and 95 percent of workers in the highest 10 percent wage category had access.
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Annual Bulletin on Benefit Coverage

National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2019

September 2019
Bulletin 2791
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Tables organized by ownership

Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2019 (Tab view)

Tables organized by benefit

Employee benefits data tables: United States, March 2019 (Tab view)

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Glossary

Appendix table 1

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Latest Bulletin on Benefit Plan Details in Private Industry

Retirement Plan Provisions for Private Industry Workers in the United States, 2019

April 2020
Bulletin 2792

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  • Compendium of Federal Datasets Addressing Health Disparities (PDF)—is a free resource of publicly available data relevant to research and programs aiming to reduce health disparities by exploring the relationship between socioeconomic factors and the social determinants of health.
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration—provides participant and compliance assistance in the areas of retirement, health and other employee benefits.
  • Healthcare.gov Glossary—provides terms and definitions used on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' HealthCare.gov website.
  • Health Insurance Definitions (PDF)—provides terms and definitions approved by the Federal Government's Interdepartmental Committee on Employment-based Health Insurance Surveys for use in Federal surveys collecting employer-based health insurance data.
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs—responsible for ensuring employers doing business with the federal government comply with the laws and regulations requiring equal employment opportunity.
  • Wage and Hour Division—responsible for enforcing federal labor laws including minimum wage and hour standards.

 

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Latest Numbers

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Civilian Workers, Compensation

Access to defined contribution retirement plans
60% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to defined benefit retirement plans
26% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid holiday
78% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid vacation
76% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid sick leave
76% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid family leave
19% in 2019 Historical Data

Participating in medical care plans
52% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to wellness programs
44% in 2019 Historical Data

Private industry workers

Access to defined contribution retirement plans
64% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to defined benefit retirement plans
16% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid holiday
79% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid vacation
79% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid sick leave
73% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid family leave
18% in 2019 Historical Data

Participating in medical care plans
49% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to wellness programs
41% in 2019 Historical Data

State and local government workers

Access to defined contribution retirement plans
37% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to defined benefit retirement plans
86% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid holiday
68% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid vacation
61% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid sick leave
91% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to paid family leave
25% in 2019 Historical Data

Participating in medical care plans
70% in 2019 Historical Data

Access to wellness programs
62% in 2019 Historical Data

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