Defined benefit frozen retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 6. Defined benefit frozen retirement plans:1 Selected attributes,
civilian workers,2 March 2016
(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
59
Worker characteristics
     
Management, professional, and related
56
    Management, business, and financial
67
    Professional and related
53
        Teachers
54
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
52
        Registered nurses
59
Service
51
    Protective service
53
Sales and office
63
    Sales and related
13
87
    Office and administrative support
59
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
57
    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry
51
    Installation, maintenance, and repair
61
Production, transportation, and material moving
20
80
    Production
19
81
    Transportation and material moving
21
79
Full time
60
Part time
57
Union
51
Nonunion
67
Average wage within the following categories:4
     
    Lowest 25 percent
67
        Lowest 10 percent
65
    Second 25 percent
57
    Third 25 percent
59
    Highest 25 percent
59
        Highest 10 percent
59
Establishment characteristics
     
Goods-producing industries
25
75
Service-providing industries
57
    Education and health services
51
        Educational services
54
            Elementary and secondary schools
52
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
59
41
        Health care and social assistance
55
            Hospitals
66
    Public administration
56
1 to 99 workers
63
    1 to 49 workers
62
    50 to 99 workers
64
100 workers or more
59
    100 to 499 workers
66
    500 workers or more
56
Geographic areas
     
Northeast
69
    New England
50
50
    Middle Atlantic
75
South
37
63
    South Atlantic
47
53
    East South Central
45
55
    West South Central
16
84
Midwest
60
    East North Central
56
    West North Central
66
West
55
45
    Mountain
46
54
    Pacific
57
43
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 2015 are included in the "1 year" column. Those frozen between 2011 and 2014 are included in
the "2 to 5 years" column and plans frozen before 2011 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 wage data for March 2016.

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/glossary20152016.htm.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.