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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. Our mission is to prepare our members and participants to achieve financial success and security in retirement. 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 pension payments.

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

06/16/2022
Penn SERS 2021 Financial Report Available

The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System today announced the release of its 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the calendar year ended Dec. 31, 2021.

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 Defined Contribution Plan.

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06/14/2022
Carefully Consider Unsolicited Offers to Help You Understand Your State Benefits!

SERS members have reported an increase in the number of unsolicited offers from businesses to help them understand how their state benefits, from retirement plans to life insurance, fit into their retirement planning.

Be Wary
Please be 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.

Unless an e-mail comes from SERS or Empower, the third-party administrator of the Defined Contribution Plan and the Deferred Compensation Plan, be very wary.

Compare Fees
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.

Retirement Plan Questions?
If you have questions about your SERS retirement plans, contact a plan specialist:

Defined Benefit Plan (pension) – ra-sersretc@pa.gov  or 1.800.633.5461 Defined Contribution Plan (personally selected investments) - Participant_services@empower.com or 1-866-737-7457 Deferred Compensation Plan (voluntary, supplemental plan) - Participant_services@empower.com or 1-866-737-7457

06/10/2022
Penn SERS Board Reduces Investment Return Assumption
Approves $200 Million in New Investments, Announces First Quarter 2022 Investment Returns

The Board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, meeting here today, lowered the investment return assumption, approved $200 million in new investments, and announced first quarter 2022 investment returns.  

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05/05/2022
Penn SERS Board Approves Employer Contribution Rate,
Hires Private Equity Investment Consultant, Updates Policies

The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System Board, meeting here today, certified the employer contribution rate for the upcoming fiscal year, selected a private equity investment consultant and approved several investment-related policies.  

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