Contribution Rates

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IPERS members and their employers each contribute money to the IPERS Trust Fund every month. Members contribute a small amount directly from their paycheck. These contributions are pooled and invested to pay for future retirement benefits. At retirement, your benefit is calculated based on your salary and years of service. The longer you work in public service, the larger your benefit.

Per its Contribution Rate Funding Policy, IPERS annually hires an actuarial firm to study the System’s assets and liabilities and determine the required contribution rates for each membership group. 

For many years, the contribution rates for Regular members and employers were set in law. Beginning in 2012, IPERS’ Investment Board was able to set the contribution rate for Regular members and employers based on the annual actuarial valuation study, subject to a maximum change of 1% per year. 

The contribution rate is split 60% employer/40% employee for Regular and Protection Occupation members and 50%/50% for Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriff members.

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Membership Group Member Share Employer Share Total
Regular
7/1/21 – 6/30/22

6.29%

9.44%

15.73%
Sheriffs and Deputies
7/1/21 – 6/30/22

9.01%

9.01%

18.02%
Protection Occupations
7/1/21 – 6/30/22

6.21%

9.31%

15.52%
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Calendar Year Wage Ceiling

The IRS annually establishes a maximum wage ceiling. This is the maximum wage amount from which contributions to IPERS must be withheld. Wages above this ceiling are not subject to IPERS withholding, and employers do not include them on IPERS reports. IPERS monitors covered wages for members with multiple employers. IPERS accepts all covered wages until a member has reached the IRS limit and will notify employers that report wages over the limit. IPERS will return any excess contributions.

2020 wage ceiling: $285,000
2021 wage ceiling: $290,000