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New and Prospective Members


Welcome to SamCERA!

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.

SamCERA has several plans. SamCERA places new members in the applicable plan based upon hire date and job classification (safety or general).

If you are active in law enforcement, the Office of the Sheriff, or a probation officer with the Probation Department, you are classified as a “Safety Member.” All other members are classified as “General Members.”  

Permanent employees hired on or after January 1, 2013, will most likely be placed in General Plan 7 or Safety Plan 7.

To learn more, you can read the Plan 7 new member guide below. 

Prospective Members

If you are interested in generating a ballpark estimate of a sample SamCERA retirement benefit, you can visit our Benefits Estimator