SDCERS Retirement Plan Summary

Port General Members hired on or after January 1, 2013 but before January 1, 2024


SDCERS was established by the City of San Diego in 1927 to administer retirement benefits for its Members. Since the San Diego Unified Port District was established in 1962, SDCERS has administered the Port’s retirement plan for Port employees. SDCERS provides benefits to its vested Members when they retire. SDCERS’ responsibilities include collecting contributions, making payments, investing earnings, and managing the retirement fund with direction from a 13-member Board of Administration (Board).

You become a Member of SDCERS once you are appointed to a position as any classified or unclassified, full-time Port employee and have completed five consecutive years of employment.

Required pre-tax contributions will be automatically deducted from your bi-weekly paycheck, transmitted to SDCERS, and deposited into the retirement fund.

Your defined benefit plan with the Port is a retirement plan to which you make contributions while you are a Member, and that entitles you to a benefit, once eligible, from the time you retire until your death.

Plan Sponsor

San Diego Unified Port District

Plan Name

Port Miscellaneous PEPRA

Hire Date

Initially hired on or after January 1, 2013 but before January 1, 2024.* (This plan tier also applies to those hired during this period and then subsequently rehired during this same period.)

*Note: Members in this plan tier who are represented by Teamsters Local 911 and made an irrevocable election to participate in the Plan as General 2024 Members will participate and earn service credit in the General 2024 plan tier effective January 1, 2024.

Also, any members in this plan tier who leave Port employment and are subsequently rehired on or after January 1, 2024 will join the General 2024 plan tier beginning with their rehire date. 

Member Contribution Rate

This is based on your age upon entry into SDCERS (on the first day of your sixth year of employment). Click here to access contribution rate chart.

*Contribution rates are reviewed by SDCERS’ actuary and adopted by the Board periodically - therefore, they are subject to change. 

Earning Service Credit

Miscellaneous Members begin earning service credit on the first day of their sixth consecutive year of employment. (Note: This five-year waiting period resets with every re-hire date.) Service Credit represents the amount of time you have earned in the retirement system as a contributing Member of SDCERS. It is one of the factors used in determining your pension benefit amount when you retire.


You must have at least five full years of service credit as a contributing Member of SDCERS to be vested in the retirement system and eligible for retirement benefits once you have met the minimum age requirement. Essentially, you can receive a retirement benefit after working at the Port for 10 consecutive years (five years before you become an SDCERS Member and begin accruing service credit, and five more years to become service-vested). Reciprocal service credits may be used to satisfy vesting requirements.

Service Retirement Eligibility

  • Age 55 (or older) with 20 or more years of service credit; or
  • Age 62 (or older) with five or more years of service credit

Pension Benefit

Your service retirement benefit is based on a formula which includes:

  • Retirement Factor;
  • Service Credit;
  • Final Compensation (your highest pensionable pay averaged over 36 consecutive months); and
  • Cost of Living Annuity

Pension Benefit Formula

(Retirement Factor) x (Service Credit) x (Final Compensation) + Cost of Living Annuity

Retirement Factor

Create a Member Portal account to calculate your estimated future pension benefit.