CalSTRS Member Handbook


Member Handbook
2019 Edition

Chief Executive Officer of CalSTRS, Jack Ehnes

I am pleased to present the 2019 edition of the CalSTRS Member Handbook.

Whether you’re just starting your career or are an experienced educator, this handbook answers many of the questions you may have about your benefits. It can help you make informed decisions throughout your career so that you’re fully prepared for your secure future.

Your income in retirement is a shared responsibility between CalSTRS and you. On average, the CalSTRS retirement benefit replaces about 50 to 60 percent of a career educator’s final salary. Pension2®, CalSTRS’ supplemental savings plan, can help you fill the gap between your CalSTRS retirement benefit and your retirement income goal.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register for myCalSTRS, our website for managing your CalSTRS accounts and personal information online. Also check out to sign up for workshops, view member education videos, and download publications and forms.

Serving you and securing your financial future remain our highest priorities. We are committed to providing exemplary service to every person who emails, calls, visits or writes us.

Thank you for choosing education as your career.

Jack Ehnes
Chief Executive Officer

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