The money to pay WRS benefits comes from employee- and employer-required contributions and investment earnings. Contribution rates are a percentage of an employee’s annual salary. The rates change from year to year, based on investment earnings and an actuarial analysis. The table below shows the required contribution rates since 1989. Note: Employers also pay for duty disability, the state’s Accumulated Sick Leave Conversion Credit Program, and unfunded liabilities. These rates are not included in the figures below because they vary from employer to employer.

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General and Teacher Members

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Year

Employer Contribution %

Benefit Adjustment Contribution*

Employee** Contribution %

Total Rate %

2020 6.75 N/A* 6.75 13.5

2019

6.55

N/A*

6.55

13.1

2018

6.7

N/A*

6.7

13.4

2017

6.8

N/A*

6.8

13.6

2016

6.6

N/A*

6.6

13.2

2015

6.8

N/A*

6.8

13.6

2014

7.0

N/A*

7.0

14.0

2013

6.65

N/A*

6.65

13.3

2012

5.9

N/A*

5.9

11.8

2011

5.1/5.8

1.5/0.0

5.0/5.8

11.6

2010

4.8

1.2

5.0

11.0

2009

4.5

0.9

5.0

10.4

2008

4.6

1.0

5.0

10.6

2007

4.6

1.0

5.0

10.6

2006

4.5

.9

5.0

10.4

2005

4.4

.8

5.0

10.2

2004

4.2

.6

5.0

9.8

2003

4.0

.4

5.0

9.4

2002

3.8

.2

5.0

9.0

2001

3.8

.2

5.0

9.0

2000

4.1

.5

5.0

9.6

1999

4.4

.8

5.0

10.2

1998

4.8

1.2

5.0

11.0

1997

5.0

1.4

5.0

11.4

1996

5.1

1.5

5.0

11.6

1995

4.8

1.2

5.0

11.0

1994

4.8

1.2

5.0

11.0

1993

4.8

1.2

5.0

11.0

1992

4.8

1.2

5.0

11.0

1991

4.7

1.1

5.0

10.8

1990

4.6

1.0

5.0

10.6

1989

4.9

1.0

5.0

10.9

*The Benefit Adjustment Contribution was eliminated by 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

**Rates may be different for employees who have collective bargaining agreements.

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Executives and Elected Officials

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Year Employer Contribution % Benefit Adjustment Contribution* Employee** Contribution % Total Rate %
2020 6.75 N/A* 6.75 13.5
2019

6.55

N/A*

6.55 13.1

2018

6.7

N/A*

6.7

13.4

2017

6.8

N/A*

6.8

13.6

2016

6.6

N/A*

6.6

13.2

2015

7.7

N/A*

7.7

15.4

2014

7.75

N/A*

7.75

15.5

2013

7.0

N/A*

7.0

14.0

2012

7.05

N/A*

7.05

14.1

2011

9.4/6.65

0.0

3.9/6.65

13.3

2010

8.7

0.0

3.2

11.9

2009

8.5

0.0

3.0

11.5

2008

8.5

0.0

3.0

11.5

2007

8.5

0.0

3.0

11.5

2006

8.4

0.0

2.9

11.3

2005

8.3

0.0

2.8

11.1

2004

8.1

0.0

2.6

10.7

2003

8.1

0.0

2.6

10.7

2002

8.6

0.0

3.1

11.7

2001

9.4

0.0

3.9

13.3

2000

9.6

0.0

4.1

13.7

1999

9.8

0.0

4.3

14.1

1998

10.2

0.0

4.7

14.9

1997

10.2

0.0

4.7

14.9

1996

10.1

0.0

4.6

14.7

1995

11.1

0.1

5.5

16.7

1994

11.1

0.1

5.5

16.7

1993

11.1

0.1

5.5

16.7

1992

11.1

0.1

5.5

16.7

1991

11.1

0.1

5.5

16.7

1990

11.0

0.0

5.5

16.5

1989

11.2

0.0

5.5

16.7

*The Benefit Adjustment Contribution was eliminated by 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

**Rates may be different for employees who have collective bargaining agreements.

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Protective Occupation with Social Security

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Year Employer Contribution % Benefit Adjustment Contribution* Employee** Contribution % Total Rate %
2020 11.65 N/A* 6.75 18.4
2019

10.55

N/A* 6.55 17.1

2018

10.7

N/A*

6.7

17.4

2017

10.6

N/A*

6.8

17.4

2016

9.4

N/A*

6.6

16.0

2015

9.5

N/A*

6.8

16.3

2014

10.1

N/A*

7.0

17.1

2013

9.75

N/A*

6.65

16.4

2012

9.0

N/A*

5.9

14.9

2011

8.9

0.0

5.8

14.7

2010

8.6

0.0

5.5

14.1

2009

8.1

0.0

5.0

13.1

2008

8.2

0.0

5.1

13.3

2007

8.2

0.0

5.1

13.3

2006

8.1

0.0

5.0

13.1

2005

8.0

0.0

4.9

12.9

2004

7.6

0.0

4.5

12.1

2003

7.1

0.0

4.0

11.1

2002

7.1

0.0

4.0

11.1

2001

6.9

0.0

3.8

10.7

2000

7.2

0.0

4.1

11.3

1999

8.0

0.0

4.9

12.9

1998

8.5

0.0

5.4

13.9

1997

8.9

0.0

5.8

14.7

1996

9.2

0.1

6.0

15.3

1995

9.6

0.5

6.0

16.1

1994

9.7

0.6

6.0

16.3

1993

9.7

0.6

6.0

16.3

1992

9.8

0.7

6.0

16.5

1991

9.8

0.7

6.0

16.5

1990

10.0

0.9

6.0

16.9

1989

10.1

1.0

6.0

17.1

*The Benefit Adjustment Contribution was eliminated by 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

**Rates may be different for employees who have collective bargaining agreements.

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Protective Occupation without Social Security

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Year Employer Contribution % Benefit Adjustment Contribution* Employee** Contribution % Total Rate %
2020 16.25 N/A*` 6.75 23
2019

14.95

N/A* 6.55 21.5

2018

14.9

N/A*

6.7

21.6

2017

14.9

N/A*

6.8

21.7

2016

13.2

N/A*

6.6

19.8

2015

13.1

N/A*

6.8

19.9

2014

13.7

N/A*

7.0

20.7

2013

12.35

N/A*

6.65

19.0

2012

11.3

N/A*

5.9

17.2

2011

12.2/11.2

0.0

4.8/5.8

17.0

2010

11.3

0.0

3.9

15.2

2009

10.6

0.0

3.2

13.8

2008

10.8

0.0

3.4

14.2

2007

10.8

0.0

3.4

14.2

2006

10.7

0.0

3.3

14.0

2005

10.7

0.0

3.3

14.0

2004

10.6

0.0

3.2

13.8

2003

9.8

0.0

2.4

12.2

2002

10.4

0.0

3.0

13.4

2001

10.7

0.0

3.3

14.0

2000

11.8

0.0

4.4

16.2

1999

12.8

0.0

5.4

18.2

1998

13.2

0.0

5.8

19.0

1997

13.6

0.0

6.2

19.8

1996

14.2

0.0

6.8

21.0

1995

14.6

0.0

7.2

21.8

1994

14.9

0.0

7.5

22.4

1993

14.9

0.0

7.5

22.4

1992

14.9

0.0

7.5

22.4

1991

14.9

0.0

7.5

22.4

1990

15.4

0.0

8.0

23.4

1989

15.4

0.0

8.0

23.4

*The Benefit Adjustment Contribution was eliminated by 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

**Rates may be different for employees who have collective bargaining agreements.

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