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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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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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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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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.

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Online Calculators

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

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Contact SERS

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

Latest News

Retirees: 1099-R Tax Documents Are in the Mail
Today, we mailed your 1099-R tax documents directly from our print and mail vendor in Claysburg, PA. Your forms will be available in your online member services account on Tuesday, January 19. If you do not receive your 1099-R tax documents by January 25, 2021, please contact a SERS Defined Benefit Plan Specialist at 1.800.633.5461.

You can expect your account statement, featuring the 2021 payment calendar, in about a week. It, too, will be mailed from Claysburg and available in your online member service account shortly thereafter.

Penn SERS Board Redefines Fixed Income Allocations
Acts on Outstanding Pension Review Commission Recommendation

The board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, meeting here today, redefined the fixed income allocations for the SERS Defined Benefit Plan fund, moving toward a liability-driven benchmark, and acted on the last outstanding public pension review commission recommendation, among other business actions.  

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ALERT: Be Wary of Misleading E-mail or Online Offers!

Be on the alert! We are seeing an increase among online and e-mail opportunists 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 “”.

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 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.

Penn SERS Board Approves 2020 Stress Testing Report;
Announces Investment Performance, New Investments and Rebalancing Plans, Continues Ongoing Steps Toward Increased Transparency and Best-In-Class Service

The board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, meeting here today, approved its second annual stress test and risk assessment report, and numerous actions that continue to move the agency toward greater transparency and best-in-class services for its members, participants and stakeholders.

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