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Public Employees' Retirement System

Published on: 12/19/2012 5:19 PM
The County of Santa Clara provides retirement benefits to its long-term coded employees. These benefits are determined by a combination of factors including age, length of qualified service, CalPERS member classification (Miscellaneous or Safety), and a contribution rate determined by bargaining unit agreements.
In most cases the County pays the majority of the employee's and the employer's share.  The remainder is paid by employees on a pre-tax basis, and the amount varies and is determined by bargaining unit agreement. For most bargaining units, the County pays and reports 100% of the value of the member's share as special compensation for the purpose of retirement benefit calculations (also known as EPMC - Employer-Paid Member Contributions).​
For Miscellaneous employees, the benefit is 2.5% at age 55, while for Safety employees, the benefit is 3% at age 50. PERS considers your age, your benefit level, and average hourly pay rate over a 12 month period when determining your monthly retirement benefit. Contact PERS or Benefits Administration for brochures and forms to apply for retirement. You should apply for retirement through PERS at least 90 days in advance of your retirement date. You may also access the CalPERS website to use a retirement calculator to obtain an estimate of your monthly retirement allowance.​
​For additional questions, either click on the link below to the CalPERS website, or call the CalPERS Member Call Center at 1-888-CAL-PERS (1-888-225-7377).