The 2.5% Step-Up program allows you to increase your OPERS benefit by paying more each pay period. Currently, the extra contribution is 2.91% of your compensation. This rate could change in the future.
OPERS calculates your benefit using a formula with a computation factor of 2.0%. When you pay more with Step-Up, we will use a higher factor of 2.5%. The higher 2.5% rate only applies to full years of participating service earned after starting Step-Up.
Keep in mind, once you join in Step-Up, you are always in the program. You cannot stop or pause the added Step-Up contribution. You will keep on paying into Step-Up even if you change positions or return to work in the OPERS system after a break in service, retiring or taking a withdrawal.
Not all members are able to take part in Step-Up. Before enrolling, you should weigh the many factors that may impact your lifestyle.
Our Step-Up brochure has more information about the program.