About OPERS

Overview

Since 1935, OPERS has meant security and peace of mind to millions of Ohio’s retired public workers and their families. OPERS provides retirement, disability and survivor benefit programs for public employees throughout the state who are not covered by another state or local retirement system.

With an asset base of $90.6 billion as of Dec. 31, 2016, OPERS is the largest state pension fund in Ohio, and the 12th-largest public retirement system and 16th-largest retirement system in the United States.

Located in the heart of downtown Columbus — Ohio’s capital city – OPERS is blocks away from the Ohio Statehouse.

Membership

OPERS serves more than 1 million past and present Ohio workers. They include active (working) members, benefit recipients and former public workers who maintain an account with the system. As published in our latest annual report:

  • 345,622 are active members, currently working in public employment and contributing to their retirement.
  • 516,049 are inactive members who maintain retirement accounts from past public employment.
  • 205,601 are retirees and beneficiaries receiving monthly pension and/or health benefits.
  • About 3,700 public employers in Ohio are part of the OPERS system.