Transamerica Institute

TCRS Annual Retirement Survey

The Transamerica Annual Retirement Survey – now in its 17th year – is a poll of American workers and their employers designed to explore attitudes and behaviors regarding retirement security and benefits. The survey is one of the largest and longest-running of its kind and is conducted through an independent research firm and the data represents employees of different age groups and employers of various sizes. In addition to the findings on various retirement issues, the survey provides an in-depth segmentation and comparison analysis based on company size, gender, and age groups.


17th Annual Retirement Survey (2016)


16th Annual Retirement Survey (2015)


Retirees Survey (2015)


15th Annual Retirement Survey (2014)

A Compendium of Findings About American Employers -- 15th Annual Survey (2014) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 15th Annual Survey. The employer report includes five-year trend data and comparisons by company size.

Fifteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In celebration of International Women's Day, TCRS lays out 15 facts about women's retirement preparedness and outlook, and recommends seven steps to help improve it.

Savers Credit

Behavioral finance and pension decisions, by Lampros Romanos

An extensive literature review and a focused analysis on how framing effects, financial literacy, self-control and loss aversion affect pension decisions

Baby Boomer Workers Are Revolutionizing Retirement: Are They and Their Employers Ready?

The Retirement Readiness Challenge: Five Ways Employers Can Improve Their 401(k)s

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers -- 15th Annual Survey (2014) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 15th Annual Survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, educational attainment, and ethnicity/race, which are also available as excerpts.

Generation X Workers - The 401(k) Generation

Generation X workers are facing formidable uncertainties about their future retirement. This “401(k) Generation” joined the workforce as 401(k)s were being introduced, and many of them are saving for retirement through such plans.  However, the study reveals that current levels of savings may not be enough, and offers recommendations to help improve the retirement readiness outlook for Gen Xers.

Millennial Workers - An Emerging Generation of Super Savers

Millennial workers are engaged in retirement saving and planning, and appear to be an emerging generation of super savers. As part of the 15th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines Millennials' attitudes and retirement readiness.

The Retirement Readiness of Three Unique Generations

As part of the 15th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines current trends among American workers and compares the retirement outlooks of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials.


14th Annual Retirement Survey (2013)

Fourteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In celebration of International Women's Day, TCRS highlights 14 facts about women's retirement outlook and seven steps to help improve it.

Spotlight on Saver's Credit

TCRS released survey results to help increase public awareness of the Saver's Credit, an important tax credit for low- to middle-income workers who save through a qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or IRA.


13th Annual Retirement Survey (2012)


12th Annual Retirement Survey (2011)


11th Annual Retirement Survey (2009-2010)


10th Annual Retirement Survey (2008-2009)


9th Annual Retirement Survey (2007)

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