Retirement Benefits

2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustment Coming in May

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This May, all CalPERS retirees who retired in 2017 or earlier will receive an increase to their cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). This is a result of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (1967 = 100) increasing by 2.44 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The chart below shows the percentage of COLA increase that retirees will receive based on their employer-contracted COLA provision percentage and their retirement year. Most state and all school agencies contract for a 2 percent COLA provision, while public agencies may contract for a 3, 4, or 5 percent COLA provision.

COLA Provision Year of Retirement % COLA Increase Effective May 1, 2019
2% COLA Provision 2004 & Earlier 2%
2005-2015 2.44%
2016-2017 2%
2018 Not Eligible
3% COLA Provision 1979 & Earlier 3%
1980-2017 2.44%
2018 Not Eligible
4% COLA Provision 1965 3.55%
1966-1969 4%
1970-1971 2.44%
1972 2.77%
1973-2017 2.44%
2018 Not Eligible
5% COLA Provision 2017 & Earlier 2.44%
2018 Not Eligible

For More Information

Visit our website for more details about how your COLA is calculated and frequently asked questions. You can also call us toll free at 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377) if you have questions.