Pay Codes

Determine Whether Your Other Pay Codes Are Included in Your Pension Calculation


When members retire, Highest Average Monthly Salary is one of the factors in the pension formula used to calculate pension allowances. Besides gross base pay, some other pay codes—sometimes called footnotes—will be included in the salary calculation in the pension formula. The 2012 Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) requires ACERA to analyze all types of pay to determine if they will be included in Highest Average Monthly Salary.

How To Use These Pay Code Lists

  1. Open the PDF pay code list for your employer.
  2. Find your pay code(s) by number or by name. (Press Ctrl+F to use the Find function to search for numbers or text.)
  3. Each pay code says yes or no whether it’s included in the Highest Average Monthly Salary calculation, based on your tier.

If you have questions about your pay codes/pay items/footnotes, please consult your employer’s payroll manager, as your employer is best positioned to determine whether any of the pay codes/pay items/footnotes apply to your compensation package.

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