Public Pensions in Washington

Statistics at a Glance

Membership Statistics (for the period ending December 31, 2019 – updated quarterly)

  • 336,280 active members – working and contributing to the plans
  • 198,755 annuitants – retirees, beneficiaries and others who receive monthly payments
  • 292,789 inactive members – left employment; are not yet receiving payments


Financial Statistics (for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 – updated annually)

  • $125.6 billion held in retirement trust fund assets
  • $4.6 billion collected annually in retirement plan contributions (members and employers)
  • $5.6 billion paid annually in retirement benefits and contribution refunds

DRS updates this page with quarterly and annual data. For detailed information, visit the Annual Financial Reports page to view the DRS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Summary Annual Financial Report (SAFR). 

Beneficiary Designation

Members, you can update your beneficiary information from your online retirement account. Select “My Account” in the navigation menu and then “View/Edit” beside “Beneficiary.”

(If you prefer to fill out and mail in a printed form, select this link.)