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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

06/18/2024

Penn SERS Board Receives First Quarter Investment Performance Reports,
Accepts Independent Audits

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement Board, meeting here today, received a report on first quarter investment performance.

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05/22/2024

Penn SERS Board Restructures Administration of Deferred Comp & Defined Contribution Plans;
Partnership with State Treasury to Modernize Payments from Both Plans, Enhancing Services for Participants and Saving Millions Per Year

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement Board, in a special meeting here today, authorized staff to award a new contract for a third-party administrator of the deferred compensation and defined contribution plans it oversees.

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05/07/2024

Penn SERS Board Approved Decrease in Employer Contribution Rate
Member Contribution Rates Remain Unchanged

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement Board, meeting here today, certified a lower employer contribution rate for the upcoming fiscal year, revised its proxy voting policy, updated its agreement with an investment manager, and continued working through its governance review, among other business.

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4/23/24
State College Regional Office to Close Early this Friday

The State College Regional Office will be closed to in-person services beginning at noon on Fri. 4/26/2024. There will be no running water in the office due to routine maintenance in the area. Plan specialists will be available to assist members by phone and email.

4/19/24
Carefully Consider Any Unsolicited Offers (e.g., Phone Calls, Emails, Letters) 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. SERS will never leave a recorded message asking for personal information.

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)-1-866-737-7457
Deferred Compensation Plan (voluntary, supplemental plan) - 1-866-737-7457

03/19/2024

Active Members: Your 2023 SERS Statement is in the Mail 

Today, we mailed your 2023 statement directly from our print and mail vendor in Claysburg, PA and it will be available in your online member services account tomorrow.

Your statement provides a snapshot of all your SERS retirement plans as of December 31, 2023, whether you have one or multiple SERS retirement plans. The statement lists the number of beneficiaries you have on file for each plan. 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 combined statement will help you plan for your retirement.

If you do not receive your member statement by April 3, 2024, please contact a SERS plan specialist at ra-sersretc@pa.gov or 1.800.633.5461.

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

03/05/2024

Penn SERS Board Announces 4th Quarter and Year-End 2023 Investment Performance,
Adjusts SERS Fund Asset Allocation

HARRISBURG – The Board of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, meeting here today, announced earning 12.2% on investments for the Defined Benefit Plan in 2023.

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