Research

2013 Defined Benefit Administration Survey

Published in PLANSPONSOR April 2013
PLANSPONSOR's DB Administration Survey showcases the experience and capabilities of leading providers of defined benefit administration services that cover more than 12,000 plans and 33 million participants. With 85% of plans representing single-employer corporate plans, the survey accounts for a significant portion of the 41,820,000 corporate DB participants reported by the Department of Labor in its most recent Private Pension Plan Bulletin.  All data for the 2013 survey were as of 12/31/2012. 

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SURVEY STATS

PLANS BY SIZE20112012
< 100 participants5,5195,172
100-999 participants3,0173,220
1,000-4,999 participants1,1411,694
5,000-9,999 participants388633
10,000-24,999 participants207477
25,000-50,000 participants110222
>50,000 participants93206
PLANS BY STATUS20112012
Active/Open plans6,6626,514
Closed plans1,3621,276
Frozen plans2,1532,518
Terminated plans209241
PARTICIPANTS BY TYPE20112012
Active participants14.7MM15.8MM
Separated participants8.1MM10.8MM
Retired participants10.6MM11.8MM

Methodology

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Methodology: PLANSPONSOR’s third annual Defined Benefit (DB) Administration Survey was sent to providers of DB participant administration services and excludes providers focused exclusively on investment-only, consultant/advisory or actuarial services. The questionnaire, which asked for more than 150 data points related to a provider’s experience and capabilities, was available online through early March and received a total of 36 responses. All data presented are as of December 31, 2012; historical data are as of December 31, 2011. The provider “rank” indicates its relative order sorted by total DB plan participants. Items marked as “NA” were unavailable at time of publication; those marked as “NR” gave no response. “DB only” and “DB/DC” clients are based on total DB clients (vs. total client relationships across all product lines) and may not total 100% due to other product bundles.

 

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