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Member Contribution Rates

Updated: 8/18/2020

In Washington, both state and local governments and their employees contribute to the funding of employee retirement benefits. Contribution rates for the defined benefit systems are set by the state Pension Funding Council (PFC)1  every two years based on analysis and recommendations from the State Actuary and input from the Select Committee on Pension Policy (SCPP) 2.  The Actuary regularly recommends updates to assumptions so policymakers can adjust contribution rates as needed to fund the retirement benefits earned by members. The Legislature has the authority to revise the rates and assumptions adopted by the Pension Funding Council, but is not required to do so.

Below are the member contribution rates for the 2019-21 Biennium. For detailed information on both employer and member contribution rates, see the Contribution Rate Tables in the DRS Employer Handbook.

1Contribution rates for LEOFF Plan 2 are adopted by the LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board.

2See future 2021-2023 member contribution rates set by the PFC and the SCPP.

Member Contribution Rates 2019-21 Biennium

System and PlanPreviousEffective
July 1, 2019
Effective
Sept. 1, 2019
Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 27.41%7.90%
Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 10.00%0.00%
Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 28.75%8.59%
Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) Plans 1/27.69%8.45%
Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) Plan 27.07%7.20%
Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) Plan 27.06%7.77%
School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) Plan 27.27%8.25%
TRS 1 and PERS 1 member contribution rates are fixed in statute at 6%   

History of Member Contribution Rates, 2005–2018 

Plan20052006200720082009201020112012201320152017-18
LEOFF 10%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
LEOFF 26.75%6.99%7.85%8.64%8.83%8.46%8.46%8.46%8.41%8.41%8.75%
PERS 16%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%
PERS 21.18%2.25%3.50%4.15%5.45%3.90%4.59%4.64%4.92%6.12%7.38% | 7.41%2
PSERS 2 1n/a6.57%6.57%6.57%6.57%6.55%6.36%6.36%6.36%6.59%6.73% | 6.74%2 | 7.07%2
SERS 20.85%2.75%3.79%3.90%4.68%3.15%3.15%4.09%4.64%5.63%7.27%
TRS 16%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%6%
TRS 20.87%2.48%3.01%2.90%4.26%3.36%3.36%4.69%4.96%5.95%7.06%
WSPRS 12%4.51%4.51%6.65%6.65%5.09%5.09%6.59%6.59%6.84%7.34% | 7.68%2 | 7.69%2
WSPRS 22%4.51%4.51%6.65%6.65%5.09%5.09%6.59%6.59%6.84%7.34% | 7.68%2 | 7.69%2

1 PSERS Plan 2 began July 1, 2006

2 Rate reflects supplemental adjustments

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.)