Getting Started

Getting started

Overview

You worked hard to earn your credential, and with a career in California public education you have a CalSTRS retirement plan that’s working hard for you. CalSTRS is the second largest public pension fund in the United States, and our mission is to secure the financial future and sustain the trust of California’s educators—like you.  

As a CalSTRS member, you have:

  • Access to disability benefits while working.
  • Survivor benefits to provide financially for your loved ones.
  • Access to supplemental savings plans, such as CalSTRS Pension 2®.
  • Lifetime monthly retirement payments, once eligible.

You’re helping to build your students’ futures, yet it’s important to focus on your future as well. Whether you’re just starting your career or are getting close to retirement, you can learn more about your career stage and your CalSTRS benefits below. You’ll also discover the resources we offer and the steps you can take now for your secure future.

COVID-19 updates

All member services are available via scheduled online or telephone sessions. To speak with a benefits planning specialist, call us at 800-228-5453.