Compensation Limits for 2023
Learn about updated compensation limits in 2023 for Plan 7 members, and the 2023 IRS compensation limit for members hired after July 1, 1996.
“Compensation limits” do not refer to restrictions on the amount of salary your employer can pay you. Rather, this term refers the maximum amount of compensation SamCERA can take into account when determining your contributions and calculating your monthly pension benefit under your retirement plan. The two primary “compensation limits” that impact SamCERA members are: 1) Limits set forth In the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) which establish the maximum amount of compensation that can be used to calculate the pension benefits for Plan 7 members; and 2) Limits set forth in the United States Internal Revenue Code regarding the maximum amount of compensation that can be used to calculate the pension benefits of any SamCERA member, regardless of their plan.
Both of these compensation limits are adjusted each year pursuant to the provisions of the above-referenced statutes. See below for the relevant 2023 compensation limits based on your plan and membership with SamCERA.
2023 Pensionable Compensation Limits for Plan 7 Members
Under PEPRA, SamCERA’s “Plan 7″ members are subject to pensionable compensation limits that are set by statute.
In 2023, the annual pensionable compensation limits for PEPRA members are:
- General Plan 7 Members (County & Court): $146,042
- General Plan 7 Members (Mosquito & Vector Control District): $175,250
- Safety & Probation Plan 7 Members (County): $175,250
2023 IRS Compensation Limit
Regardless of your plan, the IRS sets a limit each year on the amount of compensation which can be used to calculate your monthly pension benefit. This limit applies to all SamCERA members hired after July 1, 1996. In 2023, the IRS annual compensation limit (for pension calculation purposes) is $330,000.
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