U.S. Pension Tracker

Joe Nation, Ph.D.

Project Director
Stanford Institute for
Economic Policy Research

The Bottom 25% (Lowest quartile) indicates relatively lower unfunded liabilities. The Top 25% (Highest quartile) indicates relatively higher unfunded liabilities. Metrics reflect the Fiscal Year selected. Agencies reported as NA or agencies for which we do not have geographic locations are excluded from calculations. See Glossary for additional information.

Data reflect Fiscal Year (FY) , the most recent available.

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United States Public Employee Pension Systems 

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2016 Market Pension Debt/Household
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Rank Market Pension Debt/Household
1   Alaska $144,862
2   California $121,594
3   Connecticut $112,911
4   Hawaii $101,645
5   New Mexico $80,481
6   Oregon $74,100
7   Nevada $72,816
8   Massachusetts $68,948
9   New Jersey $66,760
10   Maryland $65,984
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Summary Table, FY 2016
Category All State and Local Systems All State Systems Local Systems   
Market Liability (thousands) $165,054,197 $162,906,649 $2,147,548
Value of Assets (thousands) $48,593,295 $47,961,040 $632,256
Market Pension Debt (thousands) $116,460,902 $114,945,609 $1,515,293
Market Funded Ratio 29.4% 29.4% 29.4%
Market Discount Rate 1.75% 1.75% 1.75%
Actuarial Liability (thousands) $80,548,198 $79,500,172 $1,048,026
Actuarial Pension Debt (thousands) $31,954,903 $31,539,132 $415,771
Actuarial Funded Ratio 60.3% 60.3% 60.3%
Assumed Rate of Return 7.10% 7.10% 7.10%
Market Pension Debt/Household $74,100 $73,136 $964
Market Pension Debt/Capita $28,450 $28,080 $370
Market Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures 12.95 12.78 0.17
Market Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures 3.14 3.10 0.04
Market Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues 13.08 12.91 0.17
Actuarial Pension Debt/Household $20,332 $20,067 $265
Actuarial Pension Debt/Capita $7,806 $7,705 $102
Actuarial Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures 3.55 3.51 0.05
Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures 0.86 0.85 0.01
Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues 3.59 3.54 0.05
  • Category

    Market Liability (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $165,054,197

  • All State Systems

    $162,906,649

  • Local Systems

    $2,147,548

  • Category

    Value of Assets (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $48,593,295

  • All State Systems

    $47,961,040

  • Local Systems

    $632,256

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $116,460,902

  • All State Systems

    $114,945,609

  • Local Systems

    $1,515,293

  • Category

    Market Funded Ratio

  • All State and Local Systems

    29.4%

  • All State Systems

    29.4%

  • Local Systems

    29.4%

  • Category

    Market Discount Rate

  • All State and Local Systems

    1.75%

  • All State Systems

    1.75%

  • Local Systems

    1.75%

  • Category

    Actuarial Liability (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $80,548,198

  • All State Systems

    $79,500,172

  • Local Systems

    $1,048,026

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $31,954,903

  • All State Systems

    $31,539,132

  • Local Systems

    $415,771

  • Category

    Actuarial Funded Ratio

  • All State and Local Systems

    60.3%

  • All State Systems

    60.3%

  • Local Systems

    60.3%

  • Category

    Assumed Rate of Return

  • All State and Local Systems

    7.10%

  • All State Systems

    7.10%

  • Local Systems

    7.10%

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/Household

  • All State and Local Systems

    $74,100

  • All State Systems

    $73,136

  • Local Systems

    $964

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/Capita

  • All State and Local Systems

    $28,450

  • All State Systems

    $28,080

  • Local Systems

    $370

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    12.95

  • All State Systems

    12.78

  • Local Systems

    0.17

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    3.14

  • All State Systems

    3.10

  • Local Systems

    0.04

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues

  • All State and Local Systems

    13.08

  • All State Systems

    12.91

  • Local Systems

    0.17

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/Household

  • All State and Local Systems

    $20,332

  • All State Systems

    $20,067

  • Local Systems

    $265

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/Capita

  • All State and Local Systems

    $7,806

  • All State Systems

    $7,705

  • Local Systems

    $102

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    3.55

  • All State Systems

    3.51

  • Local Systems

    0.05

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    0.86

  • All State Systems

    0.85

  • Local Systems

    0.01

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues

  • All State and Local Systems

    3.59

  • All State Systems

    3.54

  • Local Systems

    0.05

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