Peace Officer and Firefighter Retirement
Rank and File Employees
You qualify if you meet any of these criteria:
Excluded, CEA, Exempt, Management, and Supervisory Employees
You must be
and the majority of your duties must consist of
investigating, auditing investigations, or auditing other audits for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or
administering programs primarily responsible for active law enforcement or active firefighting and fire suppression. Administering means that the majority of employees in your unit or departmental division under your direct chain of command are State peace officers or firefighters.
Government Code (GC) Sections
- You get enhanced retirement, industrial disability, and survivor benefits.
- You may be entitled to a 3% at 50, 3% at 55, or 2.5% at 55 retirement formula.
- You get enhanced industrial disability benefits. Typically you'll get 50% of your salary, though it may be more based on how long you've served.
- You're excluded from Social Security taxes. However, if you were hired on or after April 1, 1986, you have to pay the Medicare portion. That's 1.45% of your taxable gross earnings under $125,000.