Standard Errors
Defined benefit frozen retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 6. Standard errors for defined benefit frozen retirement plans:1
Selected attributes, civilian workers,2 National Compensation Survey,
March 2011

Characteristics

Time since plan closed to new workers or
stopped accruing benefits

1 year

2 to 5 years

Greater than
5 years

All workers

0.7

1.9

1.9

Worker characteristics

     

Management, professional, and related

1.0

2.7

2.6

    Management, business, and financial

1.3

3.3

3.2

    Professional and related

1.2

3.0

2.8

        Teachers

2.4

2.2

3.0

        Registered nurses

2.5

5.1

5.1

Service

1.7

3.1

3.5

    Protective service

5.2

Sales and office

1.0

2.7

2.9

    Office and administrative support

1.4

2.7

3.1

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

1.9

5.1

4.7

    Construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and
     forestry

3.6

7.8

7.3

    Installation, maintenance, and repair

2.1

5.8

5.3

Production, transportation, and material moving

0.9

3.9

4.0

    Production

1.6

4.6

4.5

    Transportation and material moving

0.8

5.9

6.1

Full time

0.7

2.0

2.0

Part time

2.1

4.9

4.5

Union

1.4

2.5

2.6

Nonunion

0.8

2.3

2.3

Average wage within the following categories:3

     

    Lowest 25 percent

1.1

5.9

6.1

    Second 25 percent

1.4

3.2

3.3

    Third 25 percent

1.0

2.7

2.7

    Highest 25 percent

0.8

2.4

2.3

        Highest 10 percent

1.1

3.1

2.9

Establishment characteristics

     

Goods-producing industries

1.8

3.7

3.9

Service-providing industries

0.8

2.1

2.1

    Education and health services

2.0

3.5

3.4

        Educational services:
         Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

7.3

        Health care and social assistance

3.0

5.6

6.0

            Hospitals

3.8

4.5

4.2

    Public administration

4.1

1 to 99 workers

4.9

    1 to 49 workers

5.7

    50 to 99 workers

7.9

100 workers or more

0.8

2.1

2.0

    100 to 499 workers

1.3

3.2

3.3

    500 workers or more

1.1

2.4

2.3

Geographic areas

     

New England

6.3

Middle Atlantic

1.2

2.7

3.2

East North Central

2.0

3.8

3.6

South Atlantic

4.8

East South Central

8.3

West South Central

7.6

Pacific

6.0

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 categories are based on the average wage for each occupation surveyed, which may include
workers with earnings both above and below the threshold. The average wages are based on the estimates
published in the "National Compensation Survey: Occupational Earnings in the United States, 2010." See
Technical Note for more details.


NOTE: 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/glossary20102011.htm.