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Retirement Plan Participation

Definition

Percentage of wage and salary workers (ages 21-64) who participated in an employment-based retirement plan, 2010.

Description

Participation in payrollbased retirement plans, i.e., pension plans or 401(k)s, is one of the most successful ways to save for retirement. Not all employers offer the opportunity to enroll in a retirement plan; small employers and employers in low-wage industries often do not provide retirement benefits to their employees. Even when given the option to enroll in a plan, many employees, daunted by the complicated nature of researching and enrolling in plans and investment portfolios, fail to initiate the process.

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Retirement Plan Participation

StatePercent of Workers Participating in
Employment-Based Retirement Plan (%)
Rank
United States  44.9%   
Alabama  43.2%  38 
Alaska  52.3% 
Arizona  41.0%  44 
Arkansas  41.6%  41 
California  41.1%  43 
Colorado  43.7%  36 
Connecticut  50.3%  12 
Delaware  49.0%  20 
District of Columbia  52.1% 
Florida  36.7%  51 
Georgia  39.8%  48 
Hawaii  48.6%  22 
Idaho  43.5%  37 
Illinois  46.0%  30 
Indiana  48.3%  24 
Iowa  52.3% 
Kansas  53.4% 
Kentucky  48.1%  25 
Louisiana  38.4%  49 
Maine  46.9%  29 
Maryland  49.5%  15 
Massachusetts  49.2%  18 
Michigan  44.5%  34 
Minnesota  52.1% 
Mississippi  40.0%  47 
Missouri  50.2%  13 
Montana  45.8%  31 
Nebraska  45.8%  31 
Nevada  37.0%  50 
New Hampshire  48.7%  21 
New Jersey  41.7%  40 
New Mexico  41.0%  44 
New York  44.8%  33 
North Carolina  47.2%  28 
North Dakota  54.2% 
Ohio  49.2%  18 
Oklahoma  47.4%  27 
Oregon  49.6%  14 
Pennsylvania  51.4% 
Rhode Island  48.4%  23 
South Carolina  40.4%  46 
South Dakota  50.6%  11 
Tennessee  41.8%  39 
Texas  41.3%  42 
Utah  43.9%  35 
Vermont  49.4%  16 
Virginia  49.4%  16 
Washington  47.8%  26 
West Virginia  54.2% 
Wisconsin  51.9% 
Wyoming  51.1%  10 

Source

Copeland, Craig. Issue Brief No. 363: Employment-Based Retirement Plan Participation: Geographic Differences and Trends, 2010. Washington, DC: Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2011.

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