Retirement Systems

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM M-F/ Closed between 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM M-F / Walk-ins 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM M-F

12015 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Suite 350
Fairfax, VA 22033

Jeff Weiler,
Executive Director

Uniformed Retirement System

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Contributions to the Uniformed Retirement System

Employee:
  • Plans A:
    • 4% of salary up to Social Security Maximum Wage Base then 5.75% of remainder of salary.
  • Plans B:
    • 7.08% of salary up to Social Security Maximum Wage Base then 8.83% of remainder of salary.
  • Plans C:
    • 4% of salary.
  • Plans D, E & F:
    • 7.08% of salary.
Employee contributions earn 5% interest annually
Employer:
  • All Plans:
    • Varies yearly, determined by amount required to fund the plan based on actuarial calculations.
    • As of July 1, 2020 - 38.84%  / As of July 1, 2021 - 39.31%

Types of Retirement Benefits

Normal Service Retirement

Eligibility:
  • Age 55 with six or more years of service or 25 years of service (including sick leave).
Benefit Calculation:

FAS (Final Average Salary) = average of member’s highest 78 consecutive pay periods (36 months) salary

  • Plans A & B:
    • 2.0% x FAS x Years of Benefit Service x 1.03
  • Plans C, D & E:
    • 2.5% x FAS x Years of Benefit Service x 1.03
  • Plan F:
    • 2.5% x FAS x Years of Benefit Service
  • Pre-Social Security Benefit (Plans A & B):
    • 0.2% x FAS x Years of Benefit Service
  • Pre-Social Security Benefit (Plans C, D, & E):
    • 0.3% x FAS x Years of Benefit Service
Supplemental Benefit for Plans A & B:
  • Pre-62 Supplemental Benefit:
    • Payable only until age 62; based on Social Security benefit that would have been payable if the member had been 65 at the time of retirement. Benefit is pro-rated for those with less than 25 years of service.
    • Plan A, begins at age 55.
    • Plan B, 1/2 of supplemental benefit payable before age 55; full benefit from age 55 to 62.

Early Service Retirement

Eligibility:
  • 20 years of service (including sick leave).
Benefit Calculation:
  • Same as Normal Service Retirement but reduced by a percentage determined by age and service at retirement.Fire boat image

Deferred Vested

Eligibility:
  • At least five years of service. Benefits begin at age 55.
Benefit Calculation:
  • Same as Normal Service Retirement.

Ordinary Disability

Eligibility:
  • At least five years of retirement eligible service. Disability is not job-related.
Benefit Calculation:
  • Benefits are calculated at 2% times FAS times the member's service. The total is then increased by 3%. Unused sick leave may be credited as service. Ordinary Disability Retirement allowance shall not be greater than sixty percent (60%) of the member's final average salary.

Service-Connected Disability

Eligibility:
  • Any amount of retirement eligibility service. Disability must be job-related.
Benefit Calculation:
  • 40% of the salary the member received at the time of retirement, less payments from Workers' Compensation

Severe Service-Connected Disability

Eligibility:
  • Any amount of retirement eligible service. Disability must be job-related.
Benefit Calculation:
  • 90% of the salary the member was entitled to receive at the time of retirement, less payments from Workers' Compensation benefits for certain severe disabilities listed in ordinance.

DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program)

Eligibility:
  • Same as Normal Service Retirement.

Survivor Benefits

  • Before Retirement   (If an employee passes away while on the active payroll)
    • 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   (when a retiree passes away)
    • Either optional Joint and Last Survivor benefit of 50%, 66-2/3%, 75%, or 100% of retiree's reduced benefit OR a refund of remaining employee contributions and interest.


Click here for more on the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)


Minimum/Maximum Benefits:

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

 

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