Defined benefit frozen retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 6. Defined benefit frozen retirement plans:1 Selected attributes,
State and local government workers, March 2016
(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
54
Worker characteristics
     
Management, professional, and related
55
    Professional and related
55
        Teachers
54
            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers
52
Service
50
    Protective service
56
Sales and office
57
    Office and administrative support
57
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance
56
Production, transportation, and material moving
44
56
Full time
53
Part time
60
Union
56
Nonunion
51
Average wage within the following categories:3
     
    Lowest 25 percent
52
        Lowest 10 percent
53
    Second 25 percent
58
    Third 25 percent
54
    Highest 25 percent
52
48
        Highest 10 percent
55
45
Establishment characteristics
     
Service-providing industries
54
    Education and health services
53
        Educational services
54
            Elementary and secondary schools
53
            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities
60
40
        Health care and social assistance
50
            Hospitals
50
50
    Public administration
56
1 to 99 workers
50
    1 to 49 workers
49
    50 to 99 workers
52
100 workers or more
54
    100 to 499 workers
51
    500 workers or more
55
45
State government
53
47
Local government
54
Geographic areas
     
Northeast
36
64
    New England
65
35
    Middle Atlantic
26
74
South
52
48
    South Atlantic
73
27
    East South Central
55
45
    West South Central
21
79
Midwest
65
    East North Central
70
30
West
68
32
    Mountain
57
43
    Pacific
71
29
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 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.
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 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.