Defined
Benefit Plan
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Provides you with a pension or guaranteed monthly payments for life.
Available to employees hired before 1/1/19 and certain law enforcement and security positions after.

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Defined
Contribution Plan
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Provides you with the option
to choose your own investments
and assume the risk.
Available to most employees
hired after 1/1/19.

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Hybrid
Plan
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Provides you with a combined retirement benefit, which includes a pension and investment plan.
Default retirement plan for most employees hired after 1/1/19.

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Deferred
Compensation Plan
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Provides you with a voluntary supplemental investment
plan with tax deferred savings.
Available to most active employees.

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Welcome to SERS

Established in 1923, the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System is one of the nation's oldest and largest statewide retirement plans for public employees. We are proud to serve you and thank you for your work to make Pennsylvania great.

New members can use this website to learn about your retirement benefit, particularly some choices you need to make when you're first hired. Active members can run estimates to see how your retirement benefit grows as your years of service and salary change. Members who are getting ready to retire can read about payment options and get a check list for your counseling session. Retired members can get duplicate tax forms and click through to the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund - the PEBTF - for more about your health care.

Online Calculators

Online Calculators

Estimate your future retirement benefit or the federal tax withholding from your current annuity.

Online Calculators

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Provide your e-mail address to get member updates, notice of board meetings, press releases, and more.

Contact SERS

Contact SERS

Contact SERS with questions about your specific plan or fill out our contact form for general questions.

Latest News


07/31/20
ALERT: Be Wary of E-mail Phishing Schemes!

Be on the alert! A number of online and e-mail opportunists are still trying to take advantage of people’s anxieties.

Some state employees have received unsolicited e-mails from outside entities, urging them to click on a survey link, book a free consultation, or some other action that requires risking personal information.

Don’t do it!

These e-mails are NOT from SERS or Empower Retirement, the third-party administrator of the deferred comp and defined contribution plans.

Please be especially wary of financial planners who present themselves as experts about your SERS retirement benefits. In many cases, their goal is to sell you an investment product.

If you are considering an investment product, be sure to compare the fees for that product to those offered through the SERS Deferred Compensation Plan. In most cases, the deferred comp fees will be lower because they have been professionally negotiated for a large employer-based investment pool.

Stay safe!

To keep your retirement savings safe, don’t click on strange or suspicious links from sources you don’t know. You can trust communications clearly coming from SERS (@PennSERS), or Empower Retirement (@EmpowerToday), or an e-mail address that ends in “pa.gov”.

Remember. If something doesn’t look right – don’t click on it.

We also encourage you to forward the e-mail as an attachment to CWOPA_SPAM@pa.gov so our security specialists can continue to monitor the situation. Then delete it.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and please continue to stay safe out there.

7/29/2020
Penn SERS Board Reduces Investment Return and Inflation Assumptions;
Approves Up to $125 Million in New Investments, Per-Participant Charge for the Commonwealth’s Defined Contribution Plan, Livestreaming of Board Meetings

The board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, meeting here today, reduced the investment return assumption and rate of inflation used in valuing the Defined Benefit Plan.


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7/6/2020
Penn SERS 2019 Financial Reports Available
The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System today announced its 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the calendar year ended Dec. 31, 2019.

The purpose of this report is to provide a clear accounting of SERS’ operations and financial position with details about the traditional Defined Benefit Plan and the new Defined Contribution Plan that opened on Jan. 1, 2019.


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