Active Members

Most City of Seattle employees are automatically enrolled as members of the Seattle City Employees' Retirement System. Exempt employees have the option to enroll.  Temporary or part-time employees may enroll after a certain amount of service time. You are an active member of the Seattle City Employees' Retirement System if:

  • You have enrolled in the Retirement System and you are still working for the City of Seattle; or,
  • You enrolled in the system, left City employment, left your contributions in the system, and have not yet started receiving retirement benefits from the Retirement System

Plan for retirement will help you:

  • Determine whether you are a member of the Retirement System, or eligible to become a member
  • Learn more about workshops offered by the Retirement System to help you plan for retirement
  • Determine whether you are eligible to buy back service time

How To Retire lists eligibility for retirement and the steps to retire.

Change status gives you information on how to make changes to your address, name, or beneficiary.  You will also find information on reporting deaths.

Notice to Active Members

In January 2019, SCERS changed to a new Pension Administration System.  SCERS will be piloting a new Member Self-Service portal this fall with full implementation expected by early 2020.  The Member Self-Service portal will allow members to access current information.

You can still view your retirement contributions as of December 25, 2018 on Employee Self-Service (ESS) under "Benefits", then "Retirement/Deferred Compensation".  If you need to see your updated contributions, please contact SCERS at or call 206-386-1293.

Please note that starting January 2019, SCERS interest will be applied to your account on a quarterly basis.  There is no change to the total interest that members receive.

Thank you for your patience.