Not-For-Profit Retirement Plans

May 12, 2011    

Even with the economy on the road to recovery, saving for the future is still vital. Retirement savings plans are one way to prepare for the future. The 2010 Compensation Data Not-For-Profit survey results indicate that 66.8 percent of employees are enrolled in a defined contribution plan down from 69 percent in 2009. Ninety nine percent of organizations surveyed report offering a retirement plan of some sort with 5.9 percent offering a defined benefit plan only, 48.9 percent offering a defined contribution plan only and 44.4 percent offering both.

“Fifty four percent of employers expect between 25 and 75 percent of their staff to contribute to a retirement plan in 2011 according to an informal poll conducted on the our website earlier this year,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, the nation’s leading pay and benefit survey data provider. “Another 18.6 percent anticipate more than 75 percent of their staff will utilize retirement plans this year.”

The most common plans for not-for-profit organizations according to the 2010 survey are 403(b) with employer contribution and 457(b) employee savings only. Thirty nine percent of organizations offer a 403(b) plan with employer contributions while 29.7 percent offer 457(b) plans with employee savings only. 457(b) plans with employer contribution were offered by 10.7 percent of organizations in 2010.

The way organizations contribute to employee retirement plans varies with 42.1 percent of organizations utilizing a standard match formula in 2010. Forty percent of organizations contributed a fixed percent of the employee’s pay. Within the industry, the percentage matched by the organization also varies. Government entities match 97.1 percent of the employee contribution while colleges and universities matched 82.5 percent in 2010.

All 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) and (f) plans were reported as fully vested within 6 years with 43.1 percent vested immediately. Beyond that, 12.5 percent of plans were vested after the first full year of employment while 17.8 percent were vested after 5 full years of employment.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2010 Not-For-Profit contains data on over 100 industry-specific job titles and more than 300 benchmark titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data is collected annually from not-for-profit employers across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of March 1, 2010.

Compdata Surveys is the nation’s leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Thousands of U.S. organizations provide data each year ensuring the reliability of our results. Compdata Surveys has been providing comprehensive data at affordable prices to organizations from coast to coast since 1988. For further information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.

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