Recent data on retirement benefits from the National Compensation Survey (NCS) and related research articles
The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive information on defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans. Under the NCS program,
information on the incidence and provisions of benefits is published in stages. A bulletin is published with a March reference date each year with data collected
from respondents for civilian (as defined by NCS), state and local government, and private industry workers, on the access to, and participation in, selected
benefits such as retirement. A second publication, based on employer documentation of benefit plans, is published annually with more detailed information on
basic provisions of defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans. Also, additional data on provisions of retirement plans are published on a rotating
basis. Employer Costs for Employee Compensation are published quarterly. Included are costs of defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, and employer Social
Security contributions for different occupational and industry groups, worker characteristics, and geographic areas.
Employee Benefits (Retirement)
Employment Cost Trends
- Historical series on retirement benefit costs per hour worked, 2004 to present, at www.bls.gov/ncs/ect/sp/ececqrtn.pdf. Employer costs per hour worked for retirement and savings plans were $0.99 in March 2004; in March 2016 the costs were $1.74.
- “Are older Americans healthy enough to work longer?” Monthly Labor Review, April 2016 (examines the issues of workforce participation and retirement of older Americans in light of their state of health as well as their changing eligibility for Social Security and Medicare benefits).
- “A look at today's pension equity plans” Beyond the Numbers: Pay and Benefits, April 2015, (looks at the features of pension equity plans in light of the changes in retirement benefits over the last several decades).
- “Who has benefits in private industry in 2012?” Beyond the Numbers: Pay and Benefits, September 2012, (focuses on access to and participation in retirement and other benefits by various worker and establishment characteristics).
- “Program Perspectives on Defined-Benefit Plans” Program Perspectives, April 2010, (data on the frequency, accrual of benefits, and alternatives to frozen defined-benefit plans as well as the length of time since the plans were frozen).
Last Modified Date: April 20, 2017