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Start planning now for your retirement down the road. The County offers its employees several opportunities to save for the future, including a pension through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, a voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan, an HRA VEBA account, and Social Security benefit contributions.

Retirement Plan

Most County employees are eligible to participate in one of these three retirement plans through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS):

DRS offers several options to help you learn about the state retirement plans, including:

Deferred Compensation

Learn more about saving for retirement with the King County Employee Deferred Compensation Plan.

Retirement Forms

Contact Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) at 800-547-6657 or or go to Department of Retirement Systems for information and resources, including:

  • Find out when you're eligible to retire
  • Request an estimate of benefits when you are two years from retirement
  • Obtain information regarding a divorce
  • Learn about purchasing service credit due to a temporary duty disability or authorized leave of absence

Retirement Information & Education

  • Leaving County Employment form: For anyone leaving county employment.

  • Exit Guide (If using Internet Explorer, right-click and Save target as to download the guide.)

  • Exit Class: This voluntary class is for anyone leaving county employment. It is held on the last Tuesday of the month (except December, which is held on the third Tuesday) from 1—3 p.m. During Exit Class, you'll learn about the necessary forms and procedures, COBRA coverage, the Retiree Medical program, costs of insurance, and basic Public Employees Retirement Systems pension information. Email Exit Class to register.

  • Rev Up For Retirement Class: This three-hour class is offered twice per year in April and September. Topics include Medicare, Social Security, and PERS pension legislation. Registration is required. Look for registration information in March and August in Employee News.

Social Security

For many, Social Security will provide part of their retirement income. For more information, go to:

Related Information

General employment separation information

Benefits and retirement

Phone 206-684-1556
Fax: 206-296-7700

Phone hours:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays

Fax: 206-296-7678