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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 2015

(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

81

19

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

58

42

81

19

    Professional and related

59

41

80

20

        Teachers

59

41

81

19

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

46

54

Service

60

40

81

19

    Protective service

68

32

Sales and office

58

42

87

13

    Office and administrative support

58

42

87

13

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

57

43

69

31

Production, transportation, and material moving

47

53

Full time

58

42

81

19

Part time

61

39

Union

56

44

79

21

Nonunion

60

40

82

18

Average wage within the following categories:1

       

    Lowest 25 percent

59

41

83

17

        Lowest 10 percent

61

39

    Second 25 percent

56

44

81

19

    Third 25 percent

54

46

76

24

    Highest 25 percent

64

36

85

15

        Highest 10 percent

72

28

89

11

Establishment characteristics

       

Service-providing industries

58

42

81

19

    Education and health services

59

41

78

22

        Educational services

59

41

78

22

            Elementary and secondary schools

49

51

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

69

31

80

20

        Health care and social assistance

58

42

77

23

            Hospitals

63

37

75

25

    Public administration

56

44

83

17

1 to 99 workers

53

47

    50 to 99 workers

33

67

100 workers or more

59

41

79

21

    100 to 499 workers

61

39

88

12

    500 workers or more

58

42

76

24

State government

63

37

82

18

Local government

55

45

81

19

Geographic areas

       

South

62

38

75

25

    South Atlantic

55

45

70

30

    East South Central

59

41

Midwest

59

41

84

16

    East North Central

51

49

82

18

West

43

57

    Mountain

49

51

    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 wage data for March 2015.


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/glossary20142015.htm.