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Defined benefit retirement plans: open and frozen plans

Table 4. Defined benefit retirement plans: Open and frozen plans,
private industry workers,  National Compensation Survey, March
2011

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

Characteristics

Open plans1

Frozen plans2

All workers

75

25

Worker characteristics

   

Management, professional, and related

69

31

    Management, business, and financial

68

32

    Professional and related

70

30

Service

84

16

    Protective service

57

43

Sales and office

72

28

    Sales and related

62

38

    Office and administrative support

75

25

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

90

10

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

95

5

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

85

15

Production, transportation, and material moving

78

22

    Production

73

27

    Transportation and material moving

82

18

Full time

75

25

Part time

81

19

Union

89

11

Nonunion

68

32

Average wage within the following categories:3

   

    Lowest 25 percent

70

30

        Lowest 10 percent

63

37

    Second 25 percent

75

25

    Third 25 percent

80

20

    Highest 25 percent

74

26

        Highest 10 percent

68

32

Establishment characteristics

   

Goods-producing industries

74

26

    Manufacturing

68

32

Service-providing industries

76

24

    Trade, transportation, and utilities

75

25

        Wholesale trade

70

30

        Retail trade

64

36

        Transportation and warehousing

89

11

        Utilities

82

18

    Information

66

34

    Financial activities

72

28

        Finance and insurance

72

28

            Credit intermediation and related activities

72

28

            Insurance carriers and related activities

81

19

    Professional and business services

70

30

        Professional and technical services

58

42

    Education and health services

82

18

        Educational services

89

11

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

78

22

        Health care and social assistance

82

18

1 to 99 workers

83

17

    1 to 49 workers

85

15

    50 to 99 workers

79

21

100 workers or more

73

27

    100 to 499 workers

73

27

    500 workers or more

73

27

Geographic areas

   

New England

70

30

Middle Atlantic

84

16

East North Central

70

30

West North Central

81

19

South Atlantic

73

27

East South Central

66

34

West South Central

66

34

Pacific

83

17

1Plans open to new 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, 2010." See Technical Note for
more details.

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


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