Value of retirement assets in the U.S. 1995-2018, by type

This statistic presents the value of retirement assets in the United States from 1995 to 2018, by type. In 2018, there were estimated to be 8.8 trillion dollars in various individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

Value of retirement assets in the United States from 1995 to 2018, by type

IRAs*DC plans**Other retirement assets***
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Release date

April 2019


United States

Survey time period

1995 to 2018

Supplementary notes

2016 to 2018 data include estimates.
*IRAs include traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, and employer-sponsored IRAs (SEP IRAs, SAR-SEP IRAs, and SIMPLE IRAs).
**DC plans include private employer-sponsored DC plans (including 401(k) plans), 403(b) plans, 457 plans, and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
***"Other retirement assets" includes private-sector DB plans; federal, state, and local government DB plans; and all fixed and variable annuities held outside retirement plans and IRAs. Federal pension plans include US Treasury security holdings of the civil service retirement and disability fund, the military retirement fund, the judicial retirement funds, the Railroad Retirement Board, and the foreign service retirement and disability fund. These plans also include securities held in the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust.

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