Active Employees' Benefits


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Active Employees' Retirement Benefits

  • Plan Designations
    • Employee Members who started work for Fairfax County on or before December 31, 2012 are members of either Plan A or Plan B
    • Employee Members who started work for Fairfax County on or after January 1, 2013 are members of either Plan C or Plan D 
  • Regular Service Retirement Benefit Calculation
    • Plan A and Plan C--1.8% of the portion of the highest consecutive 36 months salary -- Final Average Salary (FAS) -- up to the Social Security Breakpoint times creditable service (including sick leave) plus 2% of the portion of the FAS which exceeds the Social Security Breakpoint times creditable service. The total is then increased by 3%.
    • Plan B and Plan D--2% times FAS times creditable service. The total is then increased by 3%.
    • Pre-Social Security Benefit (Plans A, B, C and D)--1% times FAS up to the Social Security Breakpoint times creditable service. The total is then increased by 3%.

  • Early Service Retirement Benefit Calculation
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    • Same as above but reduced by a percentage determined by age at retirement. No Pre-Social Security Benefit payable.

  • Disability
    • Ordinary Disability--Same as Plan B / Plan D above.
      No Pre-Social Security Benefit payable.
    • Service-Connected Disability--66-2/3% of FAS less payments from Workers' Compensation and 15% of initial Social Security award for disability or old age.

  • Survivor Benefits
    • Before Retirement--Either optional spouse's benefit equal to 50% of the employee's benefit as of the date of death or refund of contributions and interest.
    • After Retirement--Either optional joint and last survivor benefit of 50%, 66-2/3%, 75%, or 100% of retiree's reduced benefit or refund of remaining employee contributions and interest.

  • Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)--COLA are effective July 1 and are based on the change to the CPI-U of the Washington Metropolitan Area for the year ending in March up to a maximum of 4%. (An additional 1% may be included if there was an actuarial surplus that year.) COLAs for the last 18 years: 2014-1.6%; 2013-1.4%; 2012-2.8%; 2011-3.0%; 2010-2.3%;  2009-0.4%; 2008-4.0%; 2007-4.0%; 2006-3.3%; 2005-3.9%; 2004-1.9%; 2003-3.6%; 2002-3%; 2001-3.4%; 2000-3.8%; 1999-2.6%; 1998-1.8%; and 1997-2.2%.

  • Minimum/Maximum Benefits--Minimum: $300 annually.
    Maximum: amount allowed under I.R.C. Section 415.

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