State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems

While most Americans plan for their retirement with the aid of various employer-sponsored retirement plans, in the public sector defined-benefit and pension plans are still the norm. In 2007 there were almost 7.5 million retired government employees receiving benefits from the 2,547 state and local government employee retirement systems in the United States, meaning that there were just over 40 Americans per beneficiary. The average annual benefit paid out was $21,801.

This section presents data on these government retirement plans such as the average benefit paid per beneficiary, state population per beneficiary, and employer versus employee contributions to the plans. This section also includes data on receipts and investments of state and local government retirement systems. The data are from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Survey of Public Employee-Retirement Systems.

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