Public Pensions in Washington

Systems, Plans and Programs

Systems and Programs Administered
  • Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)
  • Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
  • School Employees' Retirement System (SERS)
  • Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF)
  • Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS)
  • Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS)
  • Judges' Retirement Fund (JRF)
  • Judicial Retirement System (JRS)
  • Judicial Retirement Account (JRA)
  • Deferred Compensation Program (DCP)
Retirement Plans
  • PERS Plan 1 and TRS Plan 1 are defined benefit plans that provide full pension benefits based on years of service – members are eligible after 30 years of employment.
  • PERS Plan 2, SERS Plan 2, TRS Plan 2, and PSERS Plan 2 are defined benefit plans that provide full pension benefits after the member reaches age 65.
  • LEOFF Plans 1 and 2 and WSPRS Plans 1 and 2 are defined benefit plans that provide full pension benefits based on the member’s age at retirement.
  • PERS Plan 3, SERS Plan 3 and TRS Plan 3 are defined benefit plans that include a member-funded defined contribution component. Full pension benefits are provided after the member reaches age 65.