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The information and analysis on this page is based on that provided to the Government Actuary's Department (GAD) by local authorities (and includes Environment Agency funds) for the purpose of the 2013 National Model Fund valuation. This was supplied grouped and rounded by age and salary, therefore totals may differ from elsewhere in the annual report due to this. The shape of the charts should provide a reasonably accurate picture of the Scheme as a whole; however, memberships figures in the tables are shown to the nearest thousand to avoid over confidence in implied precision.

Active membership profile

AgeNumber of
members 000s
Average salary
(FTE £pa)
16-19 7 12,600
20-24 52 16,100
25-29 102 19,800
30-34 144 22,300
35-39 167 22,500
40-44 253 22,000
45-49 313 22,500
50-54 302 23,200
55-59 229 23,600
60-64 117 22,800
65-69 27 20,900
70-75 4 17,500
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The average age of active membership is about 47 years and average salary was around £22,000 pa.

Salary by contribution band

Pay band Cont rate% 
Up to £13,700   5.5% 13.6%
£13,701 to £16,100   5.8% 14.7%
£16,101 to £20,800   5.9% 27.7%
£20,801 to £34,700   6.5% 34.1%
£34,701 to £46,500   6.8% 7.2%
£46,501 to £87,100   7.2% 2.5%
Over £87,100   7.5% 0.2%
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Membership by sex

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Sex Active membersPensioners
Female 73% 61%
Male 27% 39%

Pensioner member profile

Pensioner totals include all pensions in payment including pensions paid to children, spouses and ill health retirees.

AgeNumber of
members 000s
Average pension
in payment (£pa)
0-9 1 1,500
10-19 8 1,400
20-29 3 1,600
30-39 1 3,100
40-49 12 3,400
50-59 88 6,400
60-69 615 5,100
70-79 417 4,400
80-89 217 4,100
90-99 45 4,100
100-109 1 4,200
110-119 0 1,800
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The average age of the pensioner population is 67 years, and the average pension was around £5,000 pa.