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Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs)

COLA Percentages – 2021

Posted 3-5-2021

Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) have been set for 2021. LEOFF Plan 1 COLAs will take effect April 1 and will be reflected in end-of-April benefit payments. COLAs for all other plans will take effect July 1 and will be reflected in end-of-July benefit payments.

Most COLAs are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for the greater Seattle area. For more information about COLAs, annual increases and minimum benefits, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

COLAs for LEOFF Plan 1
— EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2021 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
April 2, 2020 – March 31, 20210.00%
January 1, 2020 – April 1, 20201.90%
April 2, 2019 – December 31, 20194.08%
Prior to April 2, 20191.90%
COLAs for PERS, SERS and TRS Plans 2 and 3, PSERS Plan 2, and LEOFF Plan 2
— EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2021 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
July 2, 2020 – July 1, 20210.00%
January 1, 2020 – July 1, 20201.90%
July 2, 2019 – December 31, 20193.00%
January 1, 2019 – July 1, 20191.90%
July 2, 2018 – December 31, 20183.00%
January 1, 2018 – July 1, 20181.90%
July 2, 2017 – December 31, 20173.00%
January 1, 2017 – July 1, 20171.90%
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 20163.00%
January 1, 2016 – July 1, 20161.90%
July 2, 2015 – December 31, 20151.93%
January 1, 1990 – July 1, 20151.90%
July 2, 1989 – December 31, 19893.00%
January 1, 1989 – July 1, 19891.90%
July 2, 1988 – December 31, 19883.00%
January 1, 1988 – July 1, 19881.90%
July 2, 1987 – December 31, 19873.00%
January 1, 1982 – July 1, 19871.90%
Prior to January 1, 19823.00%
COLAs for WSPRS Plans 1 and 2
— EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2021 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
July 2, 2020 – July 1, 20210.00%
January 1, 2020 – July 1, 20201.90%
July 2, 2019 – December 31, 20193.00%
January 1, 2019 – July 1, 20191.90%
July 2, 2018 – December 31, 20183.00%
January 1, 2018 – July 1, 20181.90%
July 2, 2017 – December 31, 20173.00%
January 1, 2017 – July 1, 20171.90%
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 20163.00%
January 1, 2016 – July 1, 20161.90%
July 2, 2015 – December 31, 20151.93%
January 1, 1992 – July 1, 20151.90%
Prior to January 1, 19923.00%
COLAs for JRS
— EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2021 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
January 1, 1981 – June 30, 2013*1.21%
Prior to January 1, 19813.00%

* As of Fiscal Year 2013, all JRS members entitled to benefits have retired.

Updating Your Address and/or Name

Retirees, inactive members, beneficiaries and legal-order payees: You can update your address from your online retirement account. Just select “Address” from the welcome screen. If you need to update your name, fill out and send in a printed form as well as a copy of documentation showing the change.

Active members: Update your name and/or address through your employer. That new information will soon appear in your online retirement account.

Direct Deposit

Set up and manage direct deposit of your benefit payments from your online retirement account. Just follow the “Direct Deposit” directions under “My Account” in the navigation menu.

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

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.)