The $80,000 Pension Club
Below is a list of all West Virginia state pension recipients drawing more than $80,000 per year, obtained from the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Charleston Daily Mail.
You’ll notice three different plans are represented:
- “TRS” stands for “Teachers’ Retirement System.” This is the pension plan for all state teachers, school service personnel and school administrators.
- “PERS” stands for the Public Employees’ Retirement System. State employees, including civilian workers for the State Police, enter into this plan.
- “SPPA” is the “State Police Plan A,” which was closed in 1994. All troopers that have joined the State Police since that time have entered into the State Police Plan B. No Plan B participants draw a pension over $80,000, however.
- “JRS ” is the Judges’ Retirement System. These make up the bulk of pension recipients on this chart. Pensions in this plan are high, because participants’ annual benefits are based on the current salaries of their successors.
Click on the boxes at the top of each column to sort by name, plan, or annual benefit amount. Click here to read our story about how the pension system works.