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Defined contribution retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 8. Defined contribution retirement plans: Selected attributes, State and
local government workers, National Compensation Survey, March 2014

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

Characteristics

Employee contribution

Employee contribution
option

Required

Not required

Pretax

Not pretax

All workers

58

42

80

20

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

58

42

79

21

    Professional and related

58

42

78

22

        Teachers

57

43

77

23

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

44

56

68

32

Service

61

39

80

20

    Protective service

70

30

85

15

Sales and office

59

41

86

14

    Office and administrative support

59

41

85

15

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

58

42

69

31

Production, transportation, and material moving

45

55

69

31

Full time

58

42

80

20

Part time

57

43

73

27

Union

52

48

73

27

Nonunion

62

38

83

17

Average wage within the following categories1:

       

    Lowest 25 percent

59

41

81

19

        Lowest 10 percent

60

40

83

17

    Second 25 percent

57

43

81

19

    Third 25 percent

56

44

77

23

    Highest 25 percent

61

39

80

20

        Highest 10 percent

66

34

81

19

Establishment characteristics

       

Service-providing industries

58

42

80

20

    Education and health services

58

42

75

25

        Educational services

57

43

74

26

            Elementary and secondary schools

46

54

69

31

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

70

30

80

20

        Health care and social assistance

58

42

78

22

            Hospitals

64

36

76

24

    Public administration

60

40

84

16

1 to 99 workers

55

45

    50 to 99 workers

33

67

100 workers or more

59

41

78

22

    100 to 499 workers

58

42

83

17

    500 workers or more

59

41

76

24

State government

64

36

83

17

Local government

55

45

78

22

Geographic areas

       

South

65

35

77

23

    South Atlantic

55

45

71

29

    East South Central

62

38

Midwest

56

44

77

23

    East North Central

45

55

70

30

West

42

58

    Mountain

43

57

    Pacific

42

58

1Surveyed 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.