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Paychex is the Nation’s Largest 401(k) Recordkeeper

August 06, 2021
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PLANSPONSOR magazine recognizes Paychex as largest 401(k) Recordkeeper by number of plans for eleventh consecutive year

For the eleventh consecutive year, Paychex, Inc.,  has earned distinction as the largest 401(k) recordkeeper by total number of 401(k) plans. The company serves more than 90,000 plans. The ranking was announced as part of PLANSPONSOR magazine’s annual Recordkeeping Survey, a national publication dedicated to the pension and retirement industry.

In addition to earning consecutive recognitions as the largest 401(k) recordkeeper by number of plans, Paychex was named the second leading provider by number of new plans added in 2020, with 16,427 new plans. Paychex was also recognized as the largest recordkeeper by total plans with less than $10 million in assets.

“Innovation is the cornerstone of our business and we work tirelessly to deliver user-friendly tools and intuitive technology that help our clients and their employees save for a dignified retirement,” said Michael Majors, senior director, Retirement, Paychex. “The COVID-19 pandemic cast a new light on the importance of saving for retirement and created a renewed focus on how employers are helping their employees do so. We are uniquely positioned to deliver new retirement options that will help ensure a successful future post-pandemic for both employers and employees.”

The company offers affordable 401(k) plans for any size business, with the following features:

  •  Full Paychex integration for increased efficiency– The ability to integrate retirement into the full suite of solutions from Paychex, including payroll, human resource services, insurance and more, through Paychex Flex® can help plan sponsors reduce administrative time and cost, improve reporting, and meet fiduciary obligations.
  • Expanded participant accessibility and convenient investment management – With the ability to enroll in a plan in as few as four clicks, view, and change 401(k) options from any device, participants have greater plan access. Participants can also maximize the potential of their retirement savings through a host of tools, including savings calculators, automatic contribution increases, and more. Additionally, participants have access to personalized investment advice from third-party experts.  
  • Fee transparency – Plan sponsors and participants benefit from a clear picture of the fees they pay. With a return of revenue feature, any revenue-sharing payments are returned to the participant accounts from which they were generated, ensuring fee equalization, share class neutrality, and fee transparency.
  • Plan accessibility across devices – Paychex’s mobile-first technology enables plan participants to view and manage their retirement plan from anywhere. Participants can easily access their account balance, set up loans, view loan information, manage investments, deferral amounts, and personal account information, and use calculators to ensure they are on track to achieve their retirement goals all from their mobile device.
  • Investment flexibility and fiduciary solutions – Plan sponsors can match investment objectives with a diverse range of risk and return profiles, with no proprietary requirements.  Paychex provides plan sponsors solutions to select from thousands of investment choices, makes it simple with fixed menu options, or access to help managing investments from third party 3(38) and 3(21) investment services experts.
  • Pooled Employer Plan option – Paychex launched the Paychex Pooled Employer Plan (PEP) in January 2021, giving business owners a simpler, more cost-effective plan option. Paychex Retirement LLC acts as both plan sponsor and plan administrator of the PEP, relieving employers of significant fiduciary and administrative burden. The PEP is especially well-suited for small to mid-sized businesses that may have been unable to offer a retirement plan previously due to the lack of cost-effective plan options or the time or resources needed to manage complex plan administration. PEPs also offer a more feature-rich alternative to the growing number of state-mandated retirement plan programs. Since its launch, the Paychex PEP has added more than 5,000 clients.

For more information, visit 401(k) and Retirement Services on Financial services professionals seeking to offer flexible retirement plans to their clients can learn more at Financial Advisor Partnerships with Paychex.

Complete results of the 2021 PLANSPONSOR Recordkeeping Survey are available on

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Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for human resources, payroll, benefits, and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with dedicated, personal service, Paychex empowers small- and medium-sized business owners to focus on the growth and management of their business. Backed by more than 50 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves more than 710,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2021 across more than 100 locations in the U.S. and Europe and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. Learn more about Paychex by visiting and stay connected on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Emily DePerrior

Emily DePerrior

Emily DePerrior joined Paychex in October 2019 and serves as public relations program lead. In this role, she is responsible for advancing the company’s reputation as an HR outsourcing leader, providing PR support for the Paychex Insurance Agency, overseeing media monitoring, reporting and measurement initiatives, and supporting the overall goals of the public relations department. Emily is a graduate of University of Rochester where she studied English with a concentration in language, media and communications. Prior to joining Paychex, she worked at University of Rochester Medical Center and the global PR agency, Text100.

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