Retirement Benefit Decisions by City and County Governments


Summary:

This brief is the second of a three-part series that analyzes employee participation in primary and supplemental retirement plans, retiree health care benefits, and Social Security in 20 large cities and counties across the country.

Author(s):
Robert L. Clark, Melinda Sandler Morrill, Matthew Anderson, and Aditi Pathak
Publication date:
11/14
Filed under:
Research Studies
Key findings:
  • Workers who work a full career in their city or county can expect a retirement income of between 45 and 80 percent of their pre-retirement income.
  • Career employees of local governments who participate in Social Security can expect retirement income replacement rates of 20 to 30 percentage points higher than employees whose governments do not participate in Social Security.
  • These and other variations mean that many local workers will need to be disciplined about participating in savings plans, outside of their primary plans, to meet their retirement security goals.
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SLGE Report-Retirement Benefit Decisions