Employee Trust Funds Board Announces 2022 WRS Contribution Rates – Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds

At its June 17, 2021 meeting, the Employee Trust Funds Board approved Wisconsin Retirement System contribution rates for 2022, including rates for Wis. Stat. § 40.65 protective occupation duty disability and the Wisconsin Sick Leave Conversion Credit Programs (state employers only). These rates are based on current benefit levels and recommendations from the Board’s independent consulting actuary .

Contribution rates effective for salaries and wages paid beginning January 1, 2022 are available online at the WRS Employer Rates Current/Future Rates Inquiry calculator.

WRS Employment Category

Contribution Rate Change

(Employer and participant rates combined)

General, Teachers, and Educational Support Personnel

Executive, Elected, and Judges

Decrease 0.5%
Protective with Social Security No Change
Protective without Social Security Decrease 0.2%

Employers who have either elected to increase prior service coverage or pay off their unfunded liability balances may also experience a change in their prior service rates. 

Factors Impacting WRS Rates

There are many factors that affect WRS contribution rates, such as investment performance, legislative adjustments to benefit levels, demographics, etc.  

Positive investment returns in 2020 was the primary reason for a decrease in rates. For more information about the 2022 rates, the actuarial valuation report and presentation is available in the board meeting materials.  

Under Section 40.05 of the Wisconsin statutes, contribution rates are split evenly between the employer normal cost and the participant normal cost for both General Participants, and Executive and Elected Officials. For protective occupations, the participant normal cost is set equal to the participant normal cost for General Participants. 

The annual actuarial valuation incorporates current economic and demographic data into the existing financial condition of the WRS in order to set new contribution rates for the system. It is normal for contribution rates to fluctuate somewhat from year to year, based on investment earnings, wage inflation and demographic trends. In addition, the change in contribution rates may vary between employment categories, depending on varying demographic trends within those groups. Benefits being paid to current annuitants are not affected by these rate changes.

Duty Disability Rates

Duty Disability contribution rates are based on an experience rated tier schedule. Annually, an actuarial adjustment rate is applied to every tier in the schedule. Based on the actuarial valuation, duty disability rates for 2022 will be reduced by 50% of the 2021 rates.

Contact

For more information regarding the 2022 contribution rates or the Internet contribution rate  calculator, please contact ETF via the Employer Communication Center at 1-877-533-5020.


WRS-Required Contributions

Employee

(Must be Paid by Employee Unless There is a Collective Bargaining Agreement in Force)

  • 6.50%    General, Teachers and Educational Support Personnel; Judges, Elected Officials and State Executive Positions Designated in Wis. Stat. § 20.923 (4), (8), or (9) – (decreased 0.25%)
  • 6.50%    Protective with Social Security – (decreased 0.25%)
  • 6.50%    Protective without Social Security – (decreased 0.25%)

Employer

(Must be Paid by Employer)

  • 6.50%    General, Teachers and Educational Support Personnel; Judges, Elected Officials and State Executive Positions Designated in Wis. Stat. § 20.923 (4), (8), or (9) – (decreased 0.25%)
  • 12.00%    Protective with Social Security – (increased 0.25%)
  • 16.40%    Protective without Social Security – (increased 0.05%)

WRS Unfunded Actuarial Liability

(Must be Paid by Employer)

Same rate as 2021, unless employer elected to provide increased prior service coverage or paid off liability at an accelerated rate.

Duty-Disability Rates 

(Must be Paid by Employer)

Effective January 1, 2022, the experience-rated duty-disability contribution rate schedule will be decreased by 50% from 2021 and will be determined as listed below:

  • 0.04% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is less than or equal to 1.5% of total payroll, or employers with one or less in the number of total claims.
  • 0.08% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is greater than 1.5% but less than or equal to 3.0% of total payroll, or employers with 2 total claims. 
  • 0.17% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is greater than 3.0% but less than or equal to 4.5% of total payroll, or employers with 3 total claims. 
  • 0.30% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is greater than 4.5% but less than or equal to 6.0% of total payroll, or employers with a total of 4 claims. 
  • 0.47% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is greater than 6.0% but less than or equal to 7.5% of total payroll, or employers with a total of 5 claims. 
  • 0.68% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is greater than 7.5% but less than or equal to 9.0% of total payroll, or employers with a total of 6 claims. 
  • 0.93% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is greater than 9.0% but less than or equal to 10.5% of total payroll, or employers with a total of 7 claims.
  • 1.12% – The lesser of either groups in which the claims payout is greater than 10.5% of total payroll, or employers with 8 or more total number of claims.

Accumulated Sick Leave Conversion Credit Contributions

(Must be Paid by Employer) 

This rate applies to state agencies only. The basic program rate will decrease by 0.1%, the supplemental program will decrease by 0.2%, resulting in a decrease of 0.3% for the total in 2022.  Please see your individual rate page for the sick leave rate.