The TRS Mission
Our mission is to promote long-term financial security for our members while maintaining the stability of the fund.
The most common sources of income for retirees in the U.S. are Social Security and personal savings (including investments). TRS members have the added security of a defined benefit pension plan in which the monthly benefit amount is based on both their years of service and their average final compensation. Defined benefits are guaranteed for the member's lifetime.
All TRS members contribute a percentage of their earned income as a share of the funding for their retirement, disability, and death benefits. TRS employers also contribute a share based on their employees' total earned income. The employer contributions go into a statewide pool and those pooled funds are invested by the Montana Board of Investments to provide long-term funding for TRS benefits.
School Boards page
Are you a Montana public school board member? TRS has created a new, informational web page just for you.
Public pensions contribute to the state and local economy
For fiscal year 2019, TRS paid over $367 millon to 16,662 retirees and other benefit recipients. Of that amount, nearly $307 million was paid to the 13,278 recipients living right here in Montana. These dollars flow back into your local communities.
A more detailed breakdown with recipient numbers is available HERE.
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