Who is Eligible for a Pension?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Who is Eligible for a Pension?

Pension Eligibility with Employers

  1. Employees of Companies Offering Pension Plans:
    • Many companies, especially large corporations or government entities, offer employee pension plans as part of their benefits package.
    • Eligibility criteria can vary by employer but generally include factors like length of service and position within the company.
    • Some pension plans are available immediately upon employment, while others require a certain period of service, known as a vesting period.

Personal Pension through Deferred Annuity

  1. Individuals Purchasing Personal Pensions:
    • Individuals not covered by employer pension plans can opt for personal pensions through deferred annuities.
    • Deferred annuities are contracts with insurance companies where you pay a lump sum or series of payments. In return, the company promises to pay you a regular income at a future date.
    • This option is open to anyone, regardless of employment status.
Pension Eligibility


  • Corporate Employee: An employee in a large corporation with a 20-year service may be eligible for a pension plan offered by their employer.
  • Government Worker: A government worker often has access to a pension plan as part of their employment benefits, subject to service duration and other criteria.
  • Self-Employed Individual: A self-employed person can purchase a deferred annuity for retirement income as a personal pension plan.

Comparison of Pension Eligibility

Pension TypeEligibility CriteriaExample Providers
Employer Pension PlansEmployment in a company offering pension, vesting periodLarge Corporates, Government Entities
Personal Pension (Annuities)Open to anyone, purchase of deferred annuityInsurance Companies


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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Shawn Plummer is a licensed financial professional, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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