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Table 9. Defined benefit plans: Availability and eligibility requirements for open plans, private industry workers, 2017
(All workers participating in defined benefit plans = 100 percent)
Characteristics Plans open to new employees Open to new employees Plans not open to new employees Not determinable
Minimum age and service requirement Minimum age only requirement Minimum service only requirement No minimum age or service requirement Age and service requirement not determinable

Worker characteristics

All workers

53 22 - 20 10 - 47 -

Management, professional, and related

50 29 - 12 - - 50 -

Management, business, and financial

49 27 - 14 7 - 51 -

Professional and related

51 30 - 10 - - 49 -

Service

60 - - 37 - - 40 -

Sales and office

49 25 - 16 - - 51 -

Sales and related

52 - - - - - 48 -

Office and administrative support

48 25 - 16 - - 52 -

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

68 7 - 39 21 - 32 -

Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and forestry

83 - - 62 19 - - -

Installation, maintenance, and repair

52 - - - 22 - 48 -

Production, transportation, and material moving

52 16 - 21 14 - 48 -

Production

39 - - - - - 61 -

Transportation and material moving

60 17 - 29 - - 40 -

Full time

51 19 - 21 11 - 49 -

Part time

70 45 - - - - 30 -

Union

60 15 - 33 11 - 40 -

Nonunion

49 26 - 12 10 - 51 -

Average wage within the following categories(1):

Lowest 25 percent

50 37 - - - - 50 -

Second 25 percent

58 23 - 30 - - 42 -

Third 25 percent

52 24 - 17 10 - 48 -

Highest 25 percent

53 18 - 21 13 - 47 -

Highest 10 percent

56 22 - 18 - - 44 -

Establishment characteristics

Goods-producing industries

55 - - 22 24 - 45 -

Construction

92 - - 60 32 - - -

Manufacturing

35 - - - 15 - 65 -

Service-providing industries

53 26 - 20 6 - 47 -

Trade, transportation, and utilities

52 26 - 19 - - 48 -

Wholesale trade

42 - - - - - 58 -

Transportation and warehousing

53 - - 31 - - 47 -

Utilities

78 40 - - 12 - 22 -

Information

- - - - - - 69 -

Financial activities

59 20 - 28 11 - 41 -

Finance and insurance

55 22 - 26 - - 45 -

Credit intermediation and related activities

53 - - 37 - - 47 -

Insurance carriers and related activities

63 36 - - - - 37 -

Professional and business services

40 - - - - - 60 -

Education and health services

64 42 - 15 - - 36 -

Educational services

48 - - - - - 52 -

Health care and social assistance

65 46 - 16 - - - -

1 to 99 workers

70 - - 22 - - 30 -

1 to 49 workers

74 - - 20 - - 26 -

50 to 99 workers

58 - - 26 - - 42 -

100 workers or more

49 19 - 20 10 - 51 -

100 to 499 workers

56 24 - 24 - - 44 -

500 workers or more

45 16 - 18 11 - 55 -

Geographic areas

Northeast

70 36 - 23 9 - 30 -

New England

74 - - - - - - -

Middle Atlantic

68 30 - - 11 - 32 -

South

39 9 - 20 - - 61 -

South Atlantic

45 - - 26 - - 55 -

East South Central

23 - - - - - 77 -

West South Central

- 5 - - - - 63 -

Midwest

56 19 - 20 17 - 44 -

East North Central

55 16 - 19 19 - 45 -

West North Central

60 25 - 22 13 - 40 -

West

45 - - 19 - - 55 -

Mountain

34 - - - - - 66 -

Pacific

50 - - 19 - - 50 -

Footnotes:
(1) Surveyed 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 data from the National Compensation Survey publication, "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation - March 2017."

Note: Because of rounding, sums of individual items may not equal totals. Dashes indicate that no data were reported or that data do 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/glossary20162017.htm.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.

 

Last Modified Date: May 15, 2018