KPERS 1 Benefits Members hired before July 1, 2009
Throughout your career, you contribute part of your salary to the Retirement System. Your employer also contributes. KPERS then invests these funds and, when you retire, pays you a guaranteed monthly benefit for the rest of your life. Kansas law requires that all eligible employees must be members.
Your Online KPERS Account
Track your membership and plan details by logging in to your KPERS account. Inside your account you can:
- See your contributions and interest
- Check your service credit and final average salary
- Download your annual statements
- View your beneficiaries
- Use the customized benefit calculator
You automatically earn service credit for the years you work in a covered position. After 5 years of service, you are guaranteed a benefit. This is called "vesting."
If you have participated in more than one Retirement System group, you may be able to combine years of service towards vesting.
If you leave employment before retiring you can withdraw your contributions.
As a KPERS 1 member you contribute 6% of your income (5% for 2014 and 4% for 2013 and before).
Kansas law does not allow you to borrow from your contributions.
If you became a member:
Before July 1, 1993, your contributions earn 8% interest.
On or after July 1, 1993, your contributions earn 4% interest.
Interest is credited annually on June 30, based on the balance in your account on December 31 of the year before.
How Benefits Are Funded
Your contributions are just one part of the funding that pays for your retirement benefit. After about three years, most retirees begin receiving more in total benefits than they paid in contributions (if no lump-sum option). Where does the rest come from? Employer contributions and KPERS investment returns.
Your age and the amount of service credit you have determines when you can retire. The minimum age and service requirements differ between KPERS membership groups.
Full Retirement Benefits
|85 points (calculator link)||1 Year of Service||10 Years of Service|
Reduced Retirement Benefits
KPERS 1 - Correctional A & B*
Full Retirement Benefits
|85 points (calculator link)||3 Years of Service||10 Years of Service|
|Any Age||A / B|
Reduced Retirement Benefits
Benefits are Calculated Using a Formula
KPERS 1 Benefit Formula:
Final average salary x statutory multiplier x years of service = annual benefit
$30,000 x 1.75%* x 25 = $13,125
$30,000 x 1.85%* x 5 = $2,775
Service at 1.75% = $13,125
+ Service at 1.85% = $2,775
Annual Benefit = $15,900
Calculate your retirement estimate:
KPERS 1 Online Benefit Calculator (must enter your data)
KPERS 1 Personalized Benefit Calculator (inside your member account, data pre-populated for you)
Final Average Salary
Your Final Average Salary (FAS) is an average of your 12 or 16 highest annualized quarters (depending on your start date). You can see your current FAS by reviewing your annual statement or logging in to your Member Account. For full details of this calculation see the Membership Guide.
1.75% for service before 2014
1.85% for participating service January 2014 and after.
1% or 0.75% for prior years of service (time worked for an employer before affiliation with KPERS)
As a member of KPERS and KPERS Correctional you have basic life insurance, death benefits, disability benefits and possibly optional group life insurance.
Basic Life Insurance
You have basic group life insurance equal to 150% of your annual salary (capped at $265,000). The cost of this benefit is paid by your employer. You can name different beneficiaries for your life insurance and retirement benefits. See Naming Your Beneficiary for details. Life insurance ends when you leave employment. However, you can continue coverage on your own.
Optional Group Life Insurance (OGLI)
Optional group life insurance is coverage beyond your basic life insurance. You pay the cost of this coverage through payroll deduction. Many employers offer optional group life insurance, including the State of Kansas. Check with your employer.
Coverage amounts range from $5,000 to $400,000 in $5,000 increments. New employees are eligible for $250,000 of guaranteed coverage (without proof of good health) within 31 days of their hire date. You must provide proof of good health for amounts over $250,000.
Guaranteed Coverage (No Health Questions):
|Annual open enrollment||up to $50,000 increase||up to $25,000 increase||$10,000 for $1/mo or $20,000 for $2/mo|
|New hire||up to $250,000||up to $25,000||$10,000 for $1/mo or $20,000 for $2/mo|
|*Family status change||up to $50,000 increase||up to $25,000 increase||$10,000 or $20,000|
*Within 31 days of marriage, divorce, birth, adoption or employment status change (member or spouse).
Anytime Coverage (Some Health Questions):
|Choice of $5,000 increments||$5,000 min
|only available w/new hire, open enrollment or family status change|
Other Optional Insurance Details
- You can start or increase coverage any time with proof of good health.
- With the "Accelerated Death Benefit," if you are diagnosed as terminally ill with 24 months or less to live, you may be eligible to receive up to 100% of your life insurance instead of your beneficiary receiving the insurance amount.
Basic and Optional Group Life Insurance Brochure (PDF, 348KB)
Optional Group Life Insurance Enrollment Form (PDF, 571KB)
If You Leave Employment
Life insurance ends when you leave employment. However, you can continue your coverage on your own.
Disability benefits are based on 60% of your annual salary. You must be disabled for 180 days and no longer receive employer compensation. Your employer provides this benefit. You will continue to build your retirement benefit and have basic life insurance coverage. You can also continue any optional life insurance coverage.
To be considered disabled:
- First 24 months: You must be unable to perform the material and substantial duties of your regular occupation.
- After 24 months: You must be unable to perform the material and substantial duties of any occupation
Important! If you were disabled before January 1, 2006, you are covered under a different plan. Please contact us for help.
To apply for KPERS disability benefits, contact your designated agent.
The Retirement System returns your contributions and interest if you die. In certain situations, your spouse may be able to choose a monthly benefit instead of receiving your contributions. Please see Surviving Spouse Benefit Option for details.
Accelerated Death Benefit
If you are diagnosed as terminally ill with 24 months or fewer to live, you may be eligible to receive up to 100% of your life insurance instead of your beneficiary receiving the insurance amount.
Job-Related Death (KPERS only)
If you die from an on-the-job accident, your spouse receives a monthly benefit based on 50% of your final average salary, less Workers' Compensation. The minimum benefit is $100 per month. He or she also receives a $50,000 lump-sum payment. This is in addition to your life insurance and returned contributions plus interest. Children and dependent parents may be eligible for a benefit if there is no living spouse.
KPERS 1 Publications
Naming a Beneficiary
Active members can name separate beneficiaries for:
1. KPERS retirement benefits (return of contributions and interest, or surviving spouse benefit).
2. Group life insurance benefits (basic and optional).
You can add or change beneficiaries at any time by completing a Designation of Beneficiary form (K-7/99).
For full details on beneficiaries see Naming a Beneficiary.
You need to claim your KPERS contributions on your Kansas income Tax Return. This applies to all active members of all Retirement System plans. Read more tax information.
You may be able to increase your benefit and possibly retire earlier by purchasing service credit. The types of service credit you can purchase depends on the Retirement System. See the Service Purchase page or your KPERS 1 membership guide for full details.
Don't wait. Service Purchase costs are based on salary and age. Now is probably the most inexpensive time for you to buy.