Cost of Living Adjustment

A Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is a change to your monthly pension benefit after you retire.

Each November, your monthly pension benefit will increase to provide the highest benefit calculated under one of the following cost of living adjustments:

  • A 1.5% annual compounding COLA
  • A COLA which would provide 65% of the purchasing power which the member's original retirement allowance could purchase.


Jeffrey S. Davis, Executive Director
Address: 720 3rd Ave, 9th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104
Phone: (206) 386-1293
Fax: (206) 386-1506
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The City of Seattle Employees' Retirement Office has two major functions: administration of retirement benefits and management of the assets of the Retirement Fund. Employee and employer contributions as well as investment earnings provide funding for the System.

The Mission of SCERS is to fulfill the promise made to our members by delivering the retirement benefits they have earned.