SLGE Survey Highlights Retirement Savings Uncertainty
Section: Washington Update

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence recently completed a survey that examines the employment and retirement planning and saving experiences of state and local government workers, as well as their confidence in their retirement income prospects. The report's major findings include:
  • One-third of public sector employees have been with their current employer for less than 10 years, and one-third for 20 years or longer. Approximately two-thirds do not expect to leave their current employer anytime soon.
  • Health insurance, retirement benefits, job security and salary are the most important job elements public sector workers would consider in deciding whether to switch employers.
  • Two-thirds of employees expect to receive retiree healthcare benefits from an employer when they retire.
  • Most public servants do not know how much they need to save for a comfortable retirement, nor have they planned and saved specifically for medical expenses in retirement.
  • Forty-four percent are very confident that they will receive all of the retirement plan benefits they have earned and 44 percent are “somewhat” confident. 
View the full report.