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CalPERS Retirement Contributions

CalPERS retirement benefits are funded from three difference sources – employee contributions, employer contributions and earnings from investment of these funds. All three sources are used to pay for employee lifetime retirement benefits.

Employee Contributions:

  • If hired prior to January 1, 2013: CalPERS equals 5% of an employee's monthly gross pay that exceeds $513, on a pre-tax basis.
  • If hired on or after January 1, 2013: CalPERS equals 6% of an employee's monthly gross pay on a pre-tax basis.

For Public Safety Officers (Bargaining Unit 8 employees) the CSU currently contributes 100% of the employee's contribution to CalPERS.

  • If hired prior to January 1, 2013: CSU Public Safety Unit 8 employees have an 8% contribution of their gross pay over a $238 exclusion allowance which is currently paid by CSU.
  • If hired on or after January 1, 2013: CSU Public Safety Unit 8 employees have a 10.5% contribution of their gross pay over a $238 exclusion allowance which is currently paid by CSU.
  • If a new CalPERS member on or after July 1, 2014: In accordance with Government Code 7522.30(a) the CSU must discontinue payment of the employee's portion of the monthly retirement contribution. As a result, the employee's portion of the monthly retirement contribution will be deducted from the full gross salary and any other compensation considered pensionable (i.e. Post Stipends).

For Management Personnel Plan (MPP) Public Safety Officers, the employee contributes 8% of their monthly earnings, on a pre-tax basis, in excess of $238.00. If hired on or after January 1, 2013, the employee contributes 10.5% of their monthly earnings on a pre-tax basis.

Additionally, Public Safety Officers, including MPP Public Safety Officers, do not contribute to Social Security.

Employees can track their contributions and interest earned each year by reviewing their CalPERS Annual Member Statement. The California State University, as an employer, contributes a substantial amount each month on the employee's behalf. The employer contribution amount is not shown on the employee's statement.

Note: With the exception of Public Safety Officers and a few employees who have been employed with the CSU prior to 1961 and opted out of Social Security, it is mandatory for employees contributing to CalPERS to also contribute to Social Security. CalPERS benefits are coordinated with Social Security.