The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems serves a diverse population of 338,000 state and local government employees working in Washington, including firefighters, teachers and police officers. DRS’ mission is to provide expertise, tools and services to help its members prepare for and experience a secure, successful retirement.
DRS also pays benefits to more than 201,000 annuitants – retirees, beneficiaries and others. Benefit payments and contribution refunds total $5.9 billion each year, most of which is distributed in-state.
DRS administers one of the most complex public retirement systems in the United States. It consists of eight individual retirement systems with 15 different plans within those systems. DRS also administers the state’s Deferred Compensation Program, a supplemental retirement savings program for state and local government employees.
About 260 people are employed by the Department, which is organized in five primary areas – Retirement Services, Information Services, Administrative Services, Project Management and Executive.
For more about DRS, see the links under Agency Information on this page. For more about the state’s retirement systems, including history, governance and statistical information, see the Public Pensions in Washington section.