Defined contribution retirement plans: Selected attributes

Table 8. Defined contribution retirement plans: Selected attributes, State and
local government workers, National Compensation Survey, March 2012

(All workers participating in defined contribution plans = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Employee contribution

Employee contribution
option

Required

Not required

Pretax

Not pretax

All workers

59

41

81

19

Worker characteristics

       

Management, professional, and related

58

42

80

20

    Professional and related

58

42

78

22

        Teachers

54

46

76

24

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

37

63

67

33

Service

60

40

80

20

    Protective service

71

29

Sales and office

63

37

87

13

    Office and administrative support

62

38

87

13

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

59

41

72

28

Production, transportation, and material moving

54

46

Full time

59

41

81

19

Part time

67

33

Union

51

49

74

26

Nonunion

63

37

84

16

Average wage within the following categories:1

       

    Lowest 25 percent

61

39

82

18

        Lowest 10 percent

62

38

83

17

    Second 25 percent

60

40

83

17

    Third 25 percent

56

44

76

24

    Highest 25 percent

60

40

82

18

        Highest 10 percent

70

30

87

13

Establishment characteristics

       

Service-providing industries

59

41

81

19

    Education and health services

56

44

75

25

        Educational services

56

44

74

26

            Elementary and secondary schools

41

59

67

33

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

67

33

79

21

        Healthcare and social assistance

57

43

79

21

            Hospitals

64

36

78

22

    Public administration

61

39

86

14

1 to 99 workers

62

38

    50 to 99 workers

40

60

100 workers or more

58

42

79

21

    100 to 499 workers

58

42

90

10

    500 workers or more

59

41

75

25

State government

62

38

81

19

Local government

57

43

80

20

Geographic areas

       

Middle Atlantic

86

14

East North Central

44

56

78

22

South Atlantic

48

52

70

30

East South Central

63

37

West South Central

90

10

Mountain

44

56

Pacific

42

58

1The 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&nb sp;details.


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/glossary20112012.htm.