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Defined benefit frozen retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 6. Defined benefit frozen retirement plans:1 Selected attributes,
private industry workers,  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 benefits2

1 year

2 to 5 years

Greater than
5 years

All workers

4

38

58

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

5

34

61

    Management, business, and financial

2

40

58

    Professional and related

7

29

64

Service

51

    Protective service

59

Sales and office

2

55

43

    Sales and related

56

    Office and administrative support

3

59

39

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

4

37

59

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

73

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

4

39

57

Production, transportation, and material moving

74

    Production

78

    Transportation and material moving

2

29

69

Full time

4

38

58

Part time

61

Union

14

30

56

Nonunion

1

40

59

Average wage within the following categories3:

     

    Lowest 25 percent

56

        Lowest 10 percent

68

32

    Second 25 percent

3

47

50

    Third 25 percent

3

37

61

    Highest 25 percent

5

33

61

        Highest 10 percent

6

31

64

Establishment characteristics

     

Goods-producing industries

7

23

69

    Construction

100

    Manufacturing

8

24

68

Service-providing industries

3

43

55

    Trade, transportation, and utilities

4

31

65

        Wholesale trade

32

68

        Retail trade

47

53

        Transportation and warehousing

83

        Utilities

54

    Information

43

57

    Financial activities

2

58

40

        Finance and insurance

2

60

38

            Credit intermediation and related activities

71

            Insurance carriers and related activities

50

        Real estate and rental and leasing

85

    Professional and business services

29

71

        Professional and technical services

60

    Education and health services

51

        Educational services

46

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

50

        Health care and social assistance

51

1 to 99 workers

3

47

50

    1 to 49 workers

50

    50 to 99 workers

49

100 workers or more

4

36

60

    100 to 499 workers

56

    500 workers or more

6

31

63

Geographic areas

     

Northeast

67

    New England

70

    Middle Atlantic

65

South

2

40

58

    South Atlantic

58

    East South Central

57

    West South Central

2

39

59

Midwest

2

37

62

    East North Central

2

32

66

    West North Central

2

46

52

West

12

43

45

    Mountain

53

    Pacific

16

42

43

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

2The 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.

3Surveyed 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.