State of Texas Retirement for Active Employees

The State of Texas Retirement program is a defined benefit retirement plan for eligible employees of State of Texas agencies, with mandatory participation. 

Note: ERS does not administer retirement benefits for employees of higher education institutions, the Community Supervision and Corrections Department, or Windham School District. If you work for one of these entities, please see the Teacher Retirement System of Texas/Optional Retirement Program (TRS/ORP) page for information about your retirement benefits. Please see the Insurance Benefits in Retirement page for information about your insurance benefits as a retiree.

Program includes:

  • monthly annuity for life, with an amount based on working salary, years of service and date of hire, and
  • option for survivor benefits after retiree’s death.

Annuity options:

When you retire with ERS, you will receive a lifetime monthly payment called an annuity. You may choose:


  • Automatic enrollment for employees of State of Texas agencies , elected state officials and district attorneys in the first month of employment/office
  • Automatic enrollment for certified peace officers in the Law Enforcement & Custodial Officers Supplemental Retirement Fund (LECOSRF), which provides an additional benefit at an additional cost
  • Automatic enrollment for judges in the Judicial Retirement System 1 (JRS 1) or the Judicial Retirement System 2 (JRS 2), depending on date of office/appointment
  • Eligibility for retirement annuity based on age, years of service and date of employment

How do I sign up?

Regular service retirement resources

Other retirement resources