U.S. Pension Tracker

Joe Nation, Ph.D.

Pension Tracker Project Director
Bill Lane Center for the West

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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2019 Market Pension Debt/Household
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Rank Market Pension Debt/Household
1   Alaska $91,039
2   California $88,946
3   Connecticut $82,068
4   Hawaii $71,167
5   New Jersey $64,479
6   Illinois $60,751
7   Massachusetts $57,018
8   New Mexico $54,495
9   Nevada $49,434
10   Mississippi $47,870
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Summary Table, FY 2019
Category All State and Local Systems All State Systems Local Systems   
Market Liability (thousands) $105,252,921 $97,515,679 $7,737,242
Value of Assets (thousands) $41,294,778 $38,259,160 $3,035,618
Market Pension Debt (thousands) $63,958,142 $59,256,519 $4,701,624
Market Funded Ratio 39.2% 39.2% 39.2%
Market Discount Rate 3.25% 3.25% 3.25%
Actuarial Liability (thousands) $60,696,714 $56,234,841 $4,461,873
Actuarial Pension Debt (thousands) $19,401,936 $17,975,681 $1,426,255
Actuarial Funded Ratio 68.0% 68.0% 68.0%
Assumed Rate of Return 7.72% 7.72% 7.72%
Market Pension Debt/Household $34,239 $31,722 $2,517
Market Pension Debt/Capita $13,034 $12,076 $958
Market Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures 7.54 6.99 0.55
Market Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures 2.40 2.22 0.18
Market Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues 7.08 6.56 0.52
Actuarial Pension Debt/Household $10,386 $9,623 $764
Actuarial Pension Debt/Capita $3,954 $3,663 $291
Actuarial Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures 2.29 2.12 0.17
Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures 0.73 0.67 0.05
Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues 2.15 1.99 0.16
  • Category

    Market Liability (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $105,252,921

  • All State Systems

    $97,515,679

  • Local Systems

    $7,737,242

  • Category

    Value of Assets (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $41,294,778

  • All State Systems

    $38,259,160

  • Local Systems

    $3,035,618

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $63,958,142

  • All State Systems

    $59,256,519

  • Local Systems

    $4,701,624

  • Category

    Market Funded Ratio

  • All State and Local Systems

    39.2%

  • All State Systems

    39.2%

  • Local Systems

    39.2%

  • Category

    Market Discount Rate

  • All State and Local Systems

    3.25%

  • All State Systems

    3.25%

  • Local Systems

    3.25%

  • Category

    Actuarial Liability (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $60,696,714

  • All State Systems

    $56,234,841

  • Local Systems

    $4,461,873

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt (thousands)

  • All State and Local Systems

    $19,401,936

  • All State Systems

    $17,975,681

  • Local Systems

    $1,426,255

  • Category

    Actuarial Funded Ratio

  • All State and Local Systems

    68.0%

  • All State Systems

    68.0%

  • Local Systems

    68.0%

  • Category

    Assumed Rate of Return

  • All State and Local Systems

    7.72%

  • All State Systems

    7.72%

  • Local Systems

    7.72%

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/Household

  • All State and Local Systems

    $34,239

  • All State Systems

    $31,722

  • Local Systems

    $2,517

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/Capita

  • All State and Local Systems

    $13,034

  • All State Systems

    $12,076

  • Local Systems

    $958

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    7.54

  • All State Systems

    6.99

  • Local Systems

    0.55

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    2.40

  • All State Systems

    2.22

  • Local Systems

    0.18

  • Category

    Market Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues

  • All State and Local Systems

    7.08

  • All State Systems

    6.56

  • Local Systems

    0.52

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/Household

  • All State and Local Systems

    $10,386

  • All State Systems

    $9,623

  • Local Systems

    $764

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/Capita

  • All State and Local Systems

    $3,954

  • All State Systems

    $3,663

  • Local Systems

    $291

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/State General Fund Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    2.29

  • All State Systems

    2.12

  • Local Systems

    0.17

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total Expenditures

  • All State and Local Systems

    0.73

  • All State Systems

    0.67

  • Local Systems

    0.05

  • Category

    Actuarial Pension Debt/State Total General Fund Revenues

  • All State and Local Systems

    2.15

  • All State Systems

    1.99

  • Local Systems

    0.16

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