Why Pensions Are Important
This fact sheet explains the role pensions play in the overall retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families.
Pensions are Important to Retirement Security
|Social Security provides only a safety net.|
|Average yearly Social Security payment:|
|Annual minimum-wage salary:|
|Average portion of pay Social Security replaces:|
|Most retirees have little in personal savings.|
|Median total savings of older households:|
|Median income from savings of older Americans:|
|MEDIAN INCOME OF OLDER AMERICANS:|
|Retirees with pensions have greater income security.|
|Median yearly income of retirees with pensions:|
|Percentage of older Americans with a pension:|
PENSIONS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMY
|Pensions are the world’s largest source of capital:|
|The cost of pensions in tax subsidies:|
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Did You Know?
A joint-and-survivor annuity is an annuity that pays a monthly benefit over the lives of the participant and his or her surviving spouse. This is the default form of benefit for married participants in most defined benefit pension plans. Because it lasts for the life of both the worker and the spouse, a joint-and-survivor annuity typically results in a lower monthly benefit payment than a single-life annuity.