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Member Contribution Rates

Member contribution rates are established by state law and determined as a percent of member pay.

Under Senate Bill (SB) 18-200, member and employer contributions will automatically adjust beginning July 1, 2020, to ensure that PERA is able to pay off its unfunded liability. Both member and employer contribution rates can each increase (or decrease) by up to 0.5% per year, and cannot exceed certain limits also set in law.

Automatic Adjustment fact sheet

Safety Officers

For the purposes of PERA benefits, “Safety Officers” include the following employees:

  • Peace officers with the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
  • County sheriffs, undersheriffs, deputy sheriffs, noncertified deputy sheriffs, and detention officers in the Local Government Division whose PERA membership began on or after January 1, 2020. 
  • Corrections officers classified as I through IV in the State Division whose PERA membership began on or after January 1, 2020.
  • Firefighters classified as I through VII employed with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, beginning with service earned on or after July 1, 2020.

Note: In state statute, these professionals are defined as “State Troopers.”

A historical overview of contribution rates can be found in the Statistical Section of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report:

Annual Comprehensive Financial Report

Member Contribution Rates 

State, School, and DPS Divisions 
ContributionContribution Rates Effective July 1, 2021
Member rate10.00%
Auto adjust0.50%
TOTAL10.50%
Safety Officers 
ContributionContribution Rates Effective July 1, 2021
Member rate12.00%
Auto adjust0.50%
TOTAL12.50%
Local Government Division 
ContributionContribution Rates Effective July 1, 2021
Member rate8.00%
Auto adjust0.50%
TOTAL8.50%
Judicial Division (Excluding Denver County*) 
ContributionContribution Rates Effective July 1, 2021
Member rate15.00%
Auto adjust0.50%
TOTAL15.50%

* House Bill 20-1394 decreases the employer contribution rate and increases the member contribution rate both by 5% for the Judicial Division for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 State fiscal years. This legislation does not apply to Denver County Court Judges (see section below).

Judicial Division (Denver County Court Judges) 
ContributionContribution Rates Effective July 1, 2021
Member rate10.00%
Auto adjust0.50%
TOTAL10.50%

 Watch this short video to learn where your contributions go: