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Defined benefit frozen retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 6. Defined benefit frozen retirement plans:1 Selected attributes,
State and local government workers, National Compensation Survey,
March 2011

(All workers participating in frozen defined benefit plans = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Time since plan closed to new workers or
stopped accruing benefits

1 year

2 to 5 years

Greater than
5 years

All workers

74

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

74

    Professional and related

74

        Teachers

14

8

78

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

13

9

77

Service

77

    Protective service

89

Sales and office

17

9

74

    Office and administrative support

18

9

73

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

63

Production, transportation, and material moving

70

Full time

74

Part time

72

Union

18

4

77

Nonunion

65

Average wage within the following categories:2

     

    Lowest 25 percent

66

        Lowest 10 percent

56

    Second 25 percent

68

    Third 25 percent

76

    Highest 25 percent

16

4

80

        Highest 10 percent

21

3

76

Establishment characteristics

     

Service-providing industries

74

    Education and health services

68

        Educational services

69

            Elementary and secondary schools

72

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

57

        Health care and social assistance

65

            Hospitals

66

    Public administration

85

1 to 99 workers

70

    50 to 99 workers

75

100 workers or more

17

9

74

    100 to 499 workers

80

    500 workers or more

72

State government

61

Local government

12

8

80

Geographic areas

     

New England

100

Middle Atlantic

23

2

75

East North Central

54

South Atlantic

34

66

West South Central

98

Pacific

92

1Plans closed to new workers or plans that cease accruals for some or all plan participants.

2The 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, 2010." See
Technical Note for more details.


NOTE: Because of rounding, sums of individual items may not equal totals. 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/glossary20102011.htm.