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GENERAL MEMBER CONTRIBUTION RATES

All LACERA plans are contributory plans; both you and your employer contribute. The member contribution rate is a percentage of your compensation, and it differs by plan and other variables.

Contribution rate percentages for all plans are subject to change as a result of several factors, including interest rate changes set by the Board of Investments and system actuarial valuations. System valuations, which are performed every three years as prescribed by law, provide the basis for member contribution rate adjustments deemed necessary to properly fund the system.

If you are a member in General Plan A, B, C, or D, your contribution rate is a percentage of your compensation earnable, based on your entry age into LACERA.

If you were within six months of your next birthday when you joined LACERA, your entry age is based on the age you will become on that birthday. If you were more than six months from your next birthday when you joined LACERA, your entry age is based on the age you were on the first day of your membership.

Examples:

  • You were 29 when you entered LACERA in March 2012, and your birthday is in August; your official entry age is 30.
  • You were 29 when you entered LACERA in March 2012, and your birthday is in January; your official entry age is 29.

If you are a member in General Plan A, B, C, or D, for the course of your career, regardless of how many years you work, your contributions are calculated based on your entry age. For example, if your official entry age is 30, your contributions will always be based on the age 30 rate, regardless of how many years you work. Under some conditions, entry age for returning employees may be based on their age at the time they rejoined LACERA. For more information, call 800-786-6464.

If you are a member in General Plan G, your contribution rate is based on a flat rate percentage of your base salary, plus certain other pay items included in pensionable compensation. In accordance with the law, General Plan G contribution rates are structured to reflect 50/50 cost-sharing. Under 50/50 cost-sharing, the member and the employer are required to split the retirement system's normal cost, which is the present value of the pension benefits accrued in the current year.

Plan G 2018 Contribution Rate Increase: If you’re a member enrolled in Plan G, you may notice an increase in your LACERA contribution amount beginning with your July 15 paycheck. This adjustment is based on the June 30, 2017 actuarial valuation report and subsequent recommendation adoption by the Board of Supervisors on March 13, 2018.

Select your general plan to see your employee contribution rate. General Plan A, B, C, and D rates are effective as of July 1, 2017, and Plan G rates are effective as of July 1, 2018.
Plan A General Member Contribution Rates
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
16 4.14% 35 5.88%
17 4.20% 36 6.07%
18 4.25% 37 6.26%
19 4.30% 38 6.47%
20 4.35% 39 6.65%
21 4.39% 40 6.86%
22 4.47% 41 7.07%
23 4.52% 42 7.29%
24 4.58% 43 7.50%
25 4.62% 44 7.69%
26 4.71% 45 7.90%
27 4.79% 46 8.11%
28 4.93% 47 8.31%
29 5.00% 48 8.52%
30 5.11% 49 8.65%
31 5.27% 50 8.74%
32 5.37% 51 8.79%
33 5.53% 52+ 8.79%
34 5.68%    
Plan B General Member Contribution Rates
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
16 6.02% 35 9.19%
17 6.16% 36 9.41%
18 6.30% 37 9.62%
19 6.43% 38 9.83%
20 6.58% 39 10.05%
21 6.73% 40 10.26%
22 6.88% 41 10.49%
23 7.04% 42 10.70%
24 7.19% 43 10.91%
25 7.35% 44 11.12%
26 7.51% 45 11.32%
27 7.69% 46 11.50%
28 7.86% 47 11.69%
29 8.03% 48 11.86%
30 8.22% 49 12.03%
31 8.41% 50 12.14%
32 8.59% 51 12.21%
33 8.79% 52+ 12.24%
34 8.99%    
Plan C General Member Contribution Rates
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
16 5.17% 37 8.24%
17 5.28% 38 8.43%
18 5.41% 39 8.63%
19 5.53% 40 8.83%
20 5.66% 41 9.03%
21 5.78% 42 9.23%
22 5.91% 43 9.45%
23 6.05% 44 9.65%
24 6.19% 45 9.86%
25 6.32% 46 10.07%
26 6.46% 47 10.28%
27 6.61% 48 10.48%
28 6.75% 49 10.68%
29 6.91% 50 10.86%
30 7.06% 51 11.05%
31 7.21% 52 11.23%
32 7.38% 53 11.39%
33 7.54% 54 11.54%
34 7.72% 55 11.66%
35 7.89% 56 11.73%
36 8.07% 57+ 11.74%
Plan D General Member Contribution Rates
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
16 5.13% 37 8.18%
17 5.24% 38 8.37%
18 5.37% 39 8.56%
19 5.49% 40 8.76%
20 5.61% 41 8.96%
21 5.74% 42 9.16%
22 5.86% 43 9.37%
23 6.00% 44 9.57%
24 6.14% 45 9.78%
25 6.27% 46 10.00%
26 6.41% 47 10.20%
27 6.56% 48 10.39%
28 6.70% 49 10.59%
29 6.86% 50 10.78%
30 7.01% 51 10.97%
31 7.16% 52 11.14%
32 7.32% 53 11.30%
33 7.48% 54 11.45%
34 7.66% 55 11.57%
35 7.83% 56 11.64%
36 8.00% 57+ 11.65%
Plan G Member Contribution Rates
ENTRY AGE CONTRIBUTION
RATE %
All Ages 8.43%
6/28/18