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Online Benefit Estimating Worksheet

SCERA offers a Defined Benefit Plan. As such, the calculation of your lifetime monthly benefit is based on clearly defined factors. These factors are:

  • Your age at retirement
  • Your years of service credit
  • Your highest average monthly pensionable compensation.

You can use this calculator to project your future benefit, based on information you provide. However, your calculations should be viewed as estimates, since every benefit is subject to the special facts and circumstances of your employment history. If you have questions about calculating your benefit, please contact SCERA.

Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District - Plan B Member

Pensionable compensation used to calculate the retirement benefit for a Plan B member is limited to a percentage of the Social Security wage base limit for 2017, adjusted for inflation annually after 2017. The limit for this year is $118,775. Members who participate in Social Security are limited to 100% of the limit, and members who do not participate in Social Security (Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District employees) are limited to 120% of the limit. Special rules may apply for elected officials.

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For more information, see Membership and Calculating Your Benefits

General Member Plan A — 3% at 60

Safety Member Plan A — 3% at 50

General Member Plan B — 2.5% at 67

Safety Member Plan B — 2.7% at 57

(Combination of Safety and General - contact the retirement office.)

You may enter up to three scenarios (any combination of differing age, years-of-service, or final compensation) for comparison purposes in one graphical presentation.

Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
2. estimate your age at retirement:

Please round to the nearest quarter year age attained - example: 54, 54.25, 54.50, 54.75. Click for help.

3. Estimate your years of SCERA service credit:

Consistent with the retirement age designated above; you may enter fractional years rounded to the nearest two decimal places - example: 20.16, 20.33, etc. Click for help.

4. Highest average monthly compensation:

Please enter in dollars. Click for help.

Calculator automatically subtracts $116.67 from the average monthly compensation for members in Plan A.

Your Estimated Monthly SCERA Benefit:

Calculator Disclaimer

The estimates rendered on the following pages are based solely upon the facts and data provided by the user and does not represent what the user may actually receive as his/her final retirement allowance. This estimate and the information contained herein are not binding upon the Sonoma County Employees'’ Retirement Association (SCERA).

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Estimated Age at Retirement

Enter the age you will be on your retirement date for each scenario. Your age at retirement is measured to the completed quarter year. Your age is never rounded forward, but is set at your last quarter year anniversary. If you are 52 years and 2.9 months, your retirement age is 52 years. If you are 52 years and 11 months you would enter a retirement age of 52.75.

Years of Service Credit

Enter the number of years you have worked, plus the number of years of service credit you may have purchased. For example, if you have worked 20 years and 9 months, plus purchased one year of service credit, you may enter 21.75. Your Annual Statement of Benefits indicates the amount of service credit you have accrued as of the date of the statement.

Highest Average Monthly Compensation

Highest average monthly compensation is defined as your highest one-year (Plan A members) or three-year (Plan B members) average pensionable salary. You may be as precise or as broad as you choose in your projection of final compensation. Your Annual Statement of Benefits indicates your Highest Average Monthly Compensation, as of the date of the statement.

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