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Defined benefit frozen retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 6. Defined benefit frozen retirement plans:1 Selected attributes,
civilian workers,2 National Compensation Survey, March 2014

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

Characteristics

Time since plan closed to new workers or
stopped accruing benefits3

1 year

2 to 5 years

Greater than
5 years

All workers

12

45

43

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

13

43

44

    Management, business, and financial

8

46

47

    Professional and related

15

43

43

        Teachers

15

47

38

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

14

47

39

        Registered nurses

9

44

47

Service

18

49

33

    Protective service

17

61

21

Sales and office

10

52

38

    Sales and related

54

    Office and administrative support

11

54

35

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

12

47

40

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

54

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

10

43

47

Production, transportation, and material moving

5

29

65

    Production

75

    Transportation and material moving

6

38

56

Full time

12

45

43

Part time

20

38

42

Union

19

46

35

Nonunion

8

44

48

Average wage within the following categories4:

     

    Lowest 25 percent

5

47

48

        Lowest 10 percent

57

    Second 25 percent

14

49

36

    Third 25 percent

12

46

42

    Highest 25 percent

12

42

46

        Highest 10 percent

15

37

48

Establishment characteristics

     

Goods-producing industries

7

27

65

Service-providing industries

13

47

40

    Education and health services

16

46

38

        Educational services

17

47

37

            Elementary and secondary schools

16

46

39

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

18

51

31

        Health care and social assistance

11

44

45

            Hospitals

12

37

51

    Public administration

20

53

27

1 to 99 workers

7

52

41

    1 to 49 workers

7

52

41

    50 to 99 workers

52

100 workers or more

13

44

43

    100 to 499 workers

7

45

48

    500 workers or more

15

43

42

Geographic areas

     

Northeast

1

44

55

    New England

50

    Middle Atlantic

1

42

57

South

8

48

44

    South Atlantic

4

70

25

    East South Central

55

    West South Central

6

24

69

Midwest

10

48

42

    East North Central

11

43

46

    West North Central

58

West

33

36

31

    Mountain

59

    Pacific

43

29

28

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

2Includes workers in the private nonfarm economy except those in private households, and workers in the
public sector, except the federal government. See Technical Note for further explanation.

3The length of time is calculated based on the year the plan was modified. For example, plans frozen
after January 2013 are included in the "1 year" column. Those frozen between 2009 and 2012 are included in
the "2 to 5 year" column and plans frozen before 2009 are included in the "Greater than 5 years" column.

4Surveyed occupations are classified into wage categories based on the average wage for the
occupation, which may include workers with earnings both above and below the threshold.  The categories
were formed using percentile estimates generated using ECEC data for March 2014.


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/glossary20132014.htm.