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What is a DB pension?

Watch our "Superheroes" video to learn more!

link to video entitled, Educators Are Superheroes

TRS Funding Primer

Are you concerned about the financial stability of TRS? Have you ever wondered how TRS is funded? This handout will help! Click the image below to read or print a copy (pdf).

link to TRS Funding Primer

Public pensions contribute to the state and local economy

It is estimated that each dollar paid out by Montana's public pensions in 2020 supported $1.44 in total economic activity (Source: National Institute on Retirement Security, Montana Fact Sheet).

In fiscal year 2023, TRS paid out just under $429 million in benefits, with the bulk of that amount – nearly $360 million – paid to 14,505 recipients living right here in Montana.

Chart showing TRS Retirement Benefit distribution for FY 2023
Click the pie chart for a breakdown of TRS payments by county

School Boards page

Are you a Montana public school board member? TRS has created an informational webpage just for you.

2023 Legislative Changes Affecting TRS

The TRS Mission

Our mission is to promote long-term financial security for our members while proactively maintaining the stability of the system.

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.

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