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Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs)

COLA Percentages – 2020

Posted 3-10-2020

Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) have been set for 2020. 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. (Also, see PERS 1, TRS 1 one-time benefit increase takes effect in July.)

The tables below show the 2020 COLA percentages based on your retirement date and plan. (Looking for COLAS from the previous year? See the 2019 COLA percentages table.)

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, 2020 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
April 2, 2019 – March 31, 20200.00%
January 1, 2019 – April 1, 20192.14%
April 2, 2018 – December 31, 20185.57%
Prior to April 2, 20182.14%
COLAs for PERS, SERS and TRS Plans 2 and 3, PSERS Plan 2, and LEOFF Plan 2
— EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2020 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
July 2, 2019 – July 1, 20200.00%
January 1, 2019 – July 1, 20192.14%
July 2, 2018 – December 31, 20183.00%
January 1, 2018 – July 1, 20182.50%
July 2, 2017 – December 31, 20173.00%
January 1, 2017 – July 1, 20172.82%
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 20163.00%
January 1, 2016 – July 1, 20162.82%
July 2, 2015 – December 31, 20153.00%
January 1, 1991 – July 1, 20152.82%
July 2, 1990 – December 31, 19902.83%
January 1, 1990 – July 1, 19902.82%
July 2, 1989 – December 31, 19893.00%
January 1, 1989 – July 1, 19892.82%
July 2, 1988 – December 31, 19883.00%
January 1, 1988 – July 1, 19882.82%
July 2, 1987 – December 31, 19873.00%
January 1, 1982 – July 1, 19872.82%
Prior to January 1, 19823.00%
COLAs for WSPRS Plans 1 and 2
— EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2020 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
July 2, 2019 – July 1, 20200.00%
January 1, 2019 – July 1, 20192.14%
July 2, 2018 – December 31, 20183.00%
January 1, 2018 – July 1, 20182.50%
July 2, 2017 – December 31, 20173.00%
January 1, 2017 – July 1, 20172.82%
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 20163.00%
January 1, 2016 – July 1, 20162.82%
July 2, 2015 – December 31, 20153.00%
January 1, 1992 – July 1, 20152.82%
Prior to January 1, 19923.00%
COLAs for JRS
— EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2020 —
Retirement DatesAdjustment
January 1, 1981 – June 30, 2013*1.66%
Prior to January 1, 19813.00%

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

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.)