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Retired Members

As a retired member of PSERS, you have the benefit of knowing that your pension benefit is guaranteed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  There is no need to worry about “how much money” remains in your account, because a regular PSERS retirement benefit is a defined benefit that is payable to you for life.   

Retirement benefit payments are paid on a monthly basis, and mailed on or before the last business day of the month.  Electronic transfers sent directly to your financial institution should be available by 9:00 AM on the last business day of the month. 

Check out the Retired Member Handbook for more information on your retirement with PSERS.

Register for the PSERS Member Self-Service (MSS) Portal

The PSERS Member Self-Service (MSS) Portal offers you secure, convenient, 24/7 access to your pension ​account information. With the MSS Portal, you can conduct many pension plan-related transactions online instead of filling out paper forms or contacting PSERS staff. Plus, you will receive instant confirmation of your transactions, instead of waiting for confirmation to be mailed to you.
Register today! To get started, follow the instructions on the MSS Quick Start Guide to register for your MSS Account. All you need is your PSERS ID and a valid email address.


Income Verification  

If you require verification of your retirement income for any reason, you can request an Income Verification letter on the “My Documents” tab of your MSS account.  You may also call or email PSERS to request an income verification letter.   

Income verification information will not be provided over the phone.  If a party other than yourself requires income verification, we need to receive a signed, written release from you that authorizes PSERS to release the information.  PSERS requires this release to mail the information to any address other than the address that we have on file for you.

Before submitting a request for an income verification please consider the following:

  1. Did you, or the individual the verification is being requested for, work for a PA public school system in any capacity? If yes, then submit the request to PSERS. If no, see below.
  2. Did you, or the individual the verification is being requested for, work for the Commonwealth of PA? If yes, then contact the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) at 1.800.633.5461.
  3. Did you, or the individual the verification is being requested for, work for a municipality? If yes, then contact Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System (PMRS) at 717.787.2065.

Renewing a Disability Retirement Benefit 

A PSERS Disability Retirement is awarded on a short or long term basis.  If you are receiving a short-term benefit and receive a disability retirement renewal application, the renewal must be completed and returned to PSERS within the stated specified time frame.  If you fail to return the form by the specified date, you risk not receiving your monthly disability retirement benefit on time.  These applications are sent to coincide with the renewal date, usually on a yearly basis.  Those on a special short-term disability retirement may be required to submit a renewal sooner than one year.

Reporting Annual Earnings When Receiving a Disability Retirement

Each disability retirement benefit is subject to an earnings limitation.  Each year until you reach age 62, PSERS sends an Annual Earnings of a Disability Annuitant letter. The purpose of this letter is to determine whether or not you are working in another job, and if so, that you are not exceeding the amount you may earn per year.  This letter is usually mailed to you in January or February.  The completed earnings statement must be returned to PSERS no later than April 30.  Failure to return the form will result in the denial of your disability retirement renewal and stop your disability retirement benefit.