PERA members contribute 8% of their monthly salary (10% for Colorado Bureau of Investigation and State Troopers).  Click here for a fact sheet on contribution rates.

  • Most members do not receive social security for their public service – this is a replacement for that program.

Employers also contribute a percentage of their total payroll- the percentage depends on the organization.

  • These contribution amounts were increased in 2006 & 2008 (AED & SAED) While this is considered an additional amount from the employer the actual cost is passed onto the employee in the form of a reduced raise.
  • These contributions were again increased in 2010 via Senate Bill 1. Please see the Senate Bill 1 Section of this website for more information.

All of the systems compared in this chart are non-social security earning systems like PERA.