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
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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
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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

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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6/26/2020
PA SERS Names Seth A. Kelly as Chief Investment Officer
Appointee is Former CIO for Missouri State Employees Retirement System

The Board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, meeting here today, named Seth A. Kelly, CFA, as its new Chief Investment Officer.

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6/10/2020
Penn SERS Stress Testing Praised as “Leading Example”
SERS Board Receives Year-End Financial Reports, First Quarter Investment Performance Reports, Continues Working Through
Pension Review Commission Recommendations

The board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, meeting here today, learned that its recently expanded stress testing was praised as a "leading example," received year-end financial reports, a report on first quarter investment performance, and directed staff to act on several pension review commission recommendations.

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06/10/20
ALERT: Be Wary of E-mail Offers to Review Your SERS Retirement Plans!

It’s happening again. Unfortunately, a number of online and e-mail opportunists are trying to take advantage of people’s anxieties during the current Coronavirus crisis.

Recently, some state employees have begun receiving unsolicited e-mails from outside entities, urging them to book a free consultation, or click on a survey link.

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.

5/15/2020
Active Members: Your 2019 SERS Statement Is in the Mail 

Today, we mailed your 2019 statement directly from our print and mail vendor in Claysburg, PA and made it available in your online member services account.

New this year! Your statement will serve as a snapshot of all your SERS retirement plans as of December 31, 2019, whether you have one or multiple SERS retirement plans. The new statement lists the number of beneficiaries you have on file for each of the plans you contribute to. Beneficiaries are plan specific, so if you contribute to more than one SERS retirement plan, you will need to name beneficiaries for each plan.

Please review your annual statement for accuracy and keep it with your other important financial documents. Your new combined statement will help you plan for your retirement.

If you do not receive your member statement by May 25, 2020, please contact a SERS Retirement Counselor at 1.800.633.5461.

If you would like to receive member updates directly to your e-mail, sign up here.

5/1/2020
Penn SERS Board Approves Temporary Benefit Administration Rule Change
During a telephonic meeting earlier today, the board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System moved to temporarily pause the 95-day per year limit on the time that retirees may work for the state to perform COVID-19 emergency-related services without jeopardizing their monthly pension payments.

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