Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS): Definition

Members of the Public Employees' Retirement System are typically employed by the state or by a county, city, town, public utility district or local government entity.

PERS Plan 1

is for employees who established membership before October 1, 1977.

PERS Plan 2

is for employees who established membership as:

State employees:
  • on or after October 1, 1977 and before March 1, 2002, unless transferred to Plan 3; or
  • on or after March 1, 2002 and chose Plan 2.
Local government employees:
  • on or after October 1, 1977 and before September 1, 2002, and have not transferred to Plan 3; or
  • on or after September 1, 2002 and chose Plan 2.

PERS Plan 3

is for those who established membership as:

State employees:
  • in Plan 2 on or after October 1, 1977 and before March 1, 2002 and transferred to Plan 3; or
  • on or after March 1, 2002 and chose Plan 3.
Local government employees:
  • on or after October 1, 1977 and before September 1, 2002 and transferred to Plan 3; or
  • on or after September 1, 2002 and chose Plan 3.