Top 401(k) Plans in Seattle- 2013

We are pleased to share our 2013 list of the Top 25 companies in the Seattle area with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets.

“Cities like Seattle are always interesting to observe over time,” said Dan Weeks, Co-Founder of BrightScope. “While the city is home to some heavy-hitting companies, there are always new and exciting companies joining the ranks of businesses committed to providing solid 401k plans for their employees.”

Noteworthy findings in the 2013 Top 25 Seattle 401k Plans list include:

  • Moss Adams and Alaska Airlines maintain their spots as #1 and #2, respectively, on the list for the second year in a row
  • New to the list are NAES (#13), F5 Networks (#15), Avanade Inc. (#19), Polyclinic (#22), and PACCAR (#24)
  • Weyerhaeuser Company climbed its way back to list after falling off in 2012, coming in at #25
  • Both Intermec (#21) and Proliance Surgeons (#23) fell five spots on the list since last year’s ranking
  • Average account balance for plans listed is $161,740
  • 92.74% is the average participation rate for plans on the list
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $7,284; the median is $5,889
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $8,459; the median is $8,267

Top 25 Seattle Area companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets:



Plan Name

BrightScope Rating

1 Moss Adams LLP Moss Adams LLP Profit Sharing 401(k) Plan – Partners and Principals 90.16
2 Alaska Airlines, Inc. Alaska Airlines, Inc. Pilots Investment & Savings Plan 88.95
3 Group Health Permanente Group Health Permanente Medical Group Pension Plan 86.53
4 Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust 85.86
5 Russell Investment Group Russell Retirement Plan 85.53
6 Lane Powell PC Lane Powell PC 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan 85.37
7 Perkins Coie LLP Perkins Coie Retirement and 401(k) Plan 84.42
8 Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Corporation Savings Plus 401(k) Plan 84.23
9 The Boeing Co. & Consolidated Subsidiaries The Boeing Company Voluntary Investment Plan 83.23
10 Milliman, Inc. Milliman, Inc. Profit Sharing and Retirement Plan 82.68
11 Group Health Permanente Group Health Permanente 401(k) Plan 82.11
12 Marine Resources Group, Inc. MRG 401(k) Plan 81.95
13 NAES Corporation NAES Corporation Retirement & 401(k) Plan 81.65
14 Puget Energy, Inc. Investment Plan for Employees of Puget Sound Energy, Inc. 81.63
15 F5 Networks, Inc. F5 Networks, Inc. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust 81.60
16 Cray, Inc. Cray, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan and Trust 81.44
17 PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company PEMCO 401(k) Plan 80.56
18 Univar USA, Inc. Univar USA, Inc. Valued Investment Plan 78.93
19 Avanade Inc. Avanade 401(k) Retirement Plan 78.26
20 Plum Creek Timberlands, L.P. Plum Creek Thrift and Profit Sharing Plan 78.16
21 Intermec, Inc. Intermec, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Plan 77.86
22 The Polyclinic, A P.C. The Polyclinic, A P.C. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan 77.58
23 Proliance Surgeons, Inc., P.S. Proliance Surgeons, Inc., P.S. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust 77.53
24 PACCAR, Inc. PACCAR, Inc. Savings Investment Plan 76.69
25 Weyerhaeuser Company Weyerhaeuser Salaried and NORPAC 401(k) Plan 76.28

BrightScope’s 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k and 403b plans, spanning more than 57 million workers and over $3 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the company’s plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.