City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement System



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The City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement System (COPERS) is dedicated to administering a retirement plan for past, current, and future City of Phoenix employees that prudently invests plan assets and delivers comprehensive support to meet the needs of COPERS' members and their beneficiaries.  

Contact COPERS

Phoenix City Hall, 10th Floor 

Phoenix, AZ 85003

phone: 602-534-4400 

fax: 602-495-2008

Important Reminders and Announcements:

Retirement Timing

Effective January 1, 2016 employees wishing to retire are required to file their Application for Retirement with COPERS 14 or 30 calendar days prior to the date of retirement.  

  • ​Rule of 80 or 87 - 14 calendar days

  • Age 60 w/10 years - 30 calendar days

  • Age 62 w/5 years - 30 calendar days

Please see Administrative Regulation 2.441(A) for full information. 

If you have any questions, please contact Retirement at (602) 534-4400.​

COPERS' Retiree Benefit Payments

COPERS' retiree benefit payments for December 2018 will be processed on January 1, 2019.  Transaction processing schedules are determined by each financial institution and will vary.  For direct deposit transactions, please check with your financial institution for their processing schedule for transactions received on a non-business day. 

13th Check Distribution Notice

The City of Phoenix Employees' Retirement System (COPERS) is pleased to report that your check or direct deposit for December 1, 2018 will include a one-time payment of 1.00% of your annual pension, which is also known as the "13th Check". 

This one-time payment will only apply to those individuals who were retired prior to the effective date of June 1, 2018. 

The "13th Check" is prorated if, as of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, you were not retired a full year.

Here is an example, if you retired November 12, 2017, your payment will be prorated to reflect a period of seven months (effective December 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).

Questions regarding the 13th Check distribution and other retirement benefit questions can be directed to the COPERS office at (602) 534-4400.