DRS Email 11-014, Contribution Rate Changes

  • Notice No.: 11-014
  • Date: May 31, 2011
  • Applies to: All Employers
  • Subject: DRS Email 11-014, Contribution Rate Changes

Pension Contribution Rate Changes

New contribution rates effective July 1, 2011 are presented in the chart below. (Changes are noted in bold.) These changes are the result of increases in the basic employer and member rates adopted by the Pension Funding Council and pension bills passed during the 2011 legislative session.

The Office of the State Actuary calculates supplemental rates based on the cost of additional pension related legislation passed during the 2011 legislative session. Contribution rates for the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), the School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) and any supplemental rate changes are effective September 1, 2011. DRS will notify you as soon as the information becomes available.

Should you have questions, please reply to this notice or call Employer Support Services at 360-664-7200 (option 2) or 1-800-547-6657 (option 6 then option 2).

Contribution Rates Effective July 1, 2011
(Employer rates include 0.16% DRS administrative expense rate)
  Plan 1 Plan 2
Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate 6.00% 0.0600 4.59% 0.0459
Employer Contribution Rate 7.07% 0.0707 7.07%* 0.0707*
PERS State Government Elected Officials Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate 7.50% 0.0750 4.59% 0.0459
Employer Contribution Rate 10.53% 0.1053 7.07%* 0.0707*
PERS JBM State Agencies – Supreme Court Justices, Appeals and Superior Court Judges Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate 9.76% 0.0976 8.98% 0.0898
Employer Contribution Rate 9.57% 0.0957 9.57%* 0.0957*
PERS JBM Counties & Cities – District Court Judges & Municipal Court Judges Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate 12.26% 0.1226 11.48% 0.1148
Employer Contribution Rate 7.07% 0.0707 7.07%* 0.0707*
Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF)
Cities, Counties, Fire Districts, etc. Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate 0.00% 0.0000 8.46% 0.0846
Employer Contribution Rate 0.16% 0.0016 5.24% 0.0524
State Contribution Rate 0.00% 0.0000 3.38% 0.0338
Ports and Universities Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate NA NA 8.46% 0.0846
Employer Contribution Rate NA NA 8.62% 0.0862
Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS) Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate NA NA 6.36% 0.0636
Employer Contribution Rate NA NA 8.73% 0.0873
Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) Percent Rate Percent Rate
Member Contribution Rate 6.59% 0.0659 6.59% 0.0659
Employer Contribution Rate 8.07% 0.0807 8.07% 0.0807

*Employer rates for Plan 3 are the same as for Plan 2.

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