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Know Your Benefits


Know Your Benefits

The San Mateo County Employees’ Retirement Association (SamCERA) is a defined benefit pension plan providing retirement, disability and death benefits for its eligible members and beneficiaries.


More About SamCERA Benefits

How do you know which plan you’re in?

It’s easy: just log into MySamCERA to find out which plan you’re in. You can also contact SamCERA.

Regular Retirement

For a regular service retirement, your benefit amount will be based upon:

  • your plan formula (i.e. Plan 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,or 7);
  • your amount of SamCERA service credit;
  • your pensionable earnings;
  • your age at retirement.  

In general, the longer you work and the more money you make, the higher your monthly benefit will be. 

You can find more about retirement benefits on the Retirement Planning page, or you can read the Guide to Your SamCERA Benefits for more detailed information.

Disability Retirement

If you become permanently incapacitated during your career, you may be eligible for disability retirement benefits.

You can read more about disability retirement benefits here

Service Purchases

In some cases, you may be eligible to purchase or upgrade service credit in order to enhance your retirement benefit. You will need to start this process prior to retirement. 

Read Guide to Your SamCERA Benefits for more information. You can also download the Purchase Request Form on the Member Forms page.


If you have worked or are planning to work for another public agency in California, you may be eligible for reciprocity. 

You can read more about it on the Reciprocity page

Death Benefits

Upon a SamCERA member’s death, certain benefits may be payable to a surviving spouse, domestic partner, or designated beneficiaries.

Read Guide to Your SamCERA Benefits for more information.