University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Contact Benefits

Phone: 414-229-5353
Email: benefits@uwm.edu

Department of Human Resources

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office Location:
Engelmann, Room 125
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Contact HR:
Phone: 414-229-4463
Fax: 414-229-4102
hr-contact@uwm.edu


Employee Trust Funds
For one-on-one or small group counseling sessions for retirement, please call 1-608-266-5717 to set up an appointment.

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Retirement Benefits
The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) provides retirement benefits for employees of the State of Wisconsin and most local units of government in Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee this includes Faculty, Academic Staff and Classified employees. The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) is administered by the State Department of Employee Trust Funds. As a covered employee, you have an individual account to which "employee-required" retirement contributions — 5% of salary for most employees — and investment earnings are credited. Despite the name "employee-required," this is paid for in almost all cases by the University.

  • When you retire, you will receive the higher of two pensions:
    • a formula benefit based on your years of service and highest three years of earnings; or
    • a money-purchase benefit based on the accumulation in your employee-required retirement account plus a 100% match from the WRS employer reserve.
  • WRS retirement benefits are usually not payable in a lump sum. You select a monthly annuity payable for your life only, or for your life and that of a joint survivor, or for your life with a guaranteed number of payments.
  • Vesting requirements: 5 years. (The new vesting requirement applies to an employee who initially becomes a WRS member on or after July 1, 2011. Members who begin WRS employment on or after July 1, 2011 must accrue five years of creditable service to be vested in the WRS. (Note: for part-time employees, accruing five years of creditable service may take longer than five years.))
  • Contribution rates (adjusted annually after actuarial review):
    For most employees the University pays the entire contribution Employee-Required Contribution (Deposited in your WRS account) Employer-Required Contribution (Deposited in the WRS employer reserve)
    General Employees and Teachers 5% of salary 5.6% (includes 1% benefit adjustment contribution)
    Executives 3% 8.5%
    Protectives 5.1% 14.8% (includes 6.6% Duty Disability contribution)
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