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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 2015

(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

3

23

74

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

1

26

73

    Management, business, and financial

73

    Professional and related

2

25

73

Service

58

    Protective service

97

Sales and office

3

27

70

    Sales and related

7

93

    Office and administrative support

3

33

63

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

3

29

68

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

62

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

3

29

69

Production, transportation, and material moving

85

    Production

81

    Transportation and material moving

94

Full time

3

24

73

Part time

81

Union

9

29

62

Nonunion

77

Average wage within the following categories:3

     

    Lowest 25 percent

81

        Lowest 10 percent

90

    Second 25 percent

68

    Third 25 percent

3

20

77

    Highest 25 percent

2

25

73

        Highest 10 percent

1

21

77

Establishment characteristics

     

Goods-producing industries

3

19

78

    Manufacturing

3

19

77

Service-providing industries

3

25

72

    Trade, transportation, and utilities

2

10

88

        Wholesale trade

83

        Retail trade

93

        Transportation and warehousing

98

        Utilities

60

    Information

71

    Financial activities

68

        Finance and insurance

66

            Credit intermediation and related activities

44

56

            Insurance carriers and related activities

79

        Real estate and rental and leasing

100

    Professional and business services

86

        Professional and technical services

92

    Education and health services

54

        Educational services

51

49

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

52

        Health care and social assistance

54

    Other services

74

1 to 99 workers

67

    1 to 49 workers

66

    50 to 99 workers

30

70

100 workers or more

3

22

76

    100 to 499 workers

2

18

80

    500 workers or more

3

24

72

Geographic areas

     

Northeast

68

    New England

66

    Middle Atlantic

69

South

1

18

81

    South Atlantic

78

    East South Central

78

    West South Central

88

Midwest

2

18

80

    East North Central

82

    West North Central

2

21

78

West

6

32

62

    Mountain

76

    Pacific

7

36

57

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 2014 are included in the "1 year" column. Those frozen between 2010 and 2013 are included in
the "2 to 5 year" column and plans frozen before 2010 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 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.