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56th Annual Survey Report


The Plan Sponsor Council of America’s 56th Annual Survey of Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans reports on the 2012 plan-year experience of 686 plans with 10.3 million participants and $769 billion in plan assets.

The survey contains 165 tables of data on important topics such as:      

  • Automatic Enrollment  
  • Company Contributions
  • Company Stock  
  • Employee Eligibility
  • Hardship Withdrawals
  • Investment Availability and Allocation
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  • Investment Advice
  • Loans
  • Participation Rates
  • Professionally Managed Accounts
  • Roth Features    
  • Target-Date Funds


New tables this year include information on:

  • Percentage of plans with a frozen DB plan. 
  • The average company contribution by type of contribution (match and non-match). 
  • Average number of funds offered per asset class. 
  • Glide paths and management styles of target date funds.
  • Percentage of plans offering comprehensive financial education programs. 


The surveyis avilable as a hard-copy bound book or a PDF. Electronic copies are only available to PSCA members. Please read the terms of use carefully before placing your order. 

Hard Copy:

Members: $195   Non-Members: $395

PDF (Members Only):

Single-User PDF: $295

10 User Licenses (Internal Use Only): $2,000

50-100 User Licenses (Internal Use Only): $10,000

100+ Users (Unlimited Internal Distribution): $15,000

Hard Copy and PDF (Single User):

Members Only: $395

For additional options with electronic copies, contact PSCA at or 312.419.1863. 

Ordering Information:

You may return the completed order form to PSCA with payment or order online

Past issues of annual survey reports are available for $50 a copy for members and $75 a copy for non-member. 


Survey respondents and PSCA members were invitied to attend a webinar discussing the results of the survey. Click here to listen to a recording.