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Defined benefit retirement plans: open and frozen plans Standard Errors

Table 4. Standard errors for defined benefit retirement plans: Open
and frozen plans, private industry workers,  National Compensation
Survey, March 2010

Characteristics

Open plans1

Frozen plans2

All workers

1.1

1.1

Worker characteristics

 

 

Management, professional, and related

1.8

1.8

    Management, business, and financial

2.0

2.0

    Professional and related

2.3

2.3

Service

3.0

3.0

    Protective service

6.9

6.9

Sales and office

1.6

1.6

    Sales and related

3.4

3.4

    Office and administrative support

1.8

1.8

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

1.3

1.3

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

0.9

0.9

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

2.1

2.1

Production, transportation, and material moving

1.6

1.6

    Production

2.3

2.3

    Transportation and material moving

1.9

1.9

Full time

1.1

1.1

Part time

2.2

2.2

Union

1.1

1.1

Nonunion

1.3

1.3

Average wage within the following categories:3

 

 

    Lowest 25 percent

4.6

4.6

    Second 25 percent

1.7

1.7

    Third 25 percent

1.1

1.1

    Highest 25 percent

1.4

1.4

        Highest 10 percent

2.4

2.4

Establishment characteristics

 

 

Goods-producing industries

1.8

1.8

    Manufacturing

2.3

2.3

Service-providing industries

1.3

1.3

    Trade, transportation, and utilities

1.7

1.7

        Wholesale trade

4.6

4.6

        Retail trade

3.4

3.4

        Transportation and warehousing

1.7

1.7

        Utilities

4.1

4.1

    Information

3.6

3.6

    Financial activities

1.5

1.5

        Finance and insurance

1.5

1.5

            Credit intermediation and related activities

2.2

2.2

            Insurance carriers and related activities

2.5

2.5

    Professional and business services

4.5

4.5

    Education and health services

3.0

3.0

        Educational services:
           Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

7.6

7.6

        Health care and social assistance

3.1

3.1

1 to 99 workers

1.6

1.6

    1 to 49 workers

1.8

1.8

    50 to 99 workers

3.1

3.1

100 workers or more

1.3

1.3

    100 to 499 workers

2.2

2.2

    500 workers or more

1.3

1.3

Geographic areas

 

 

New England

4.1

4.1

Middle Atlantic

1.2

1.2

East North Central

2.1

2.1

West North Central

2.1

2.1

South Atlantic

2.8

2.8

West South Central

3.8

3.8

Pacific

1.8

1.8

Footnotes:

1Plans open to new participants.

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

3The categories are based on the average wage for each occupation surveyed, which may include
workers with earnings both above and below the threshold. The average wages are based on the
estimates published in the "National Compensation Survey: Occupational Earnings in the United States,
2009." See Technical Note for more details.


NOTE: For definitions of major plans, key provisions, and related terms, see the "Glossary of Employee
Benefit Terms" at www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/glossary20092010.htm.