The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 3, 2009
More about state employee pensions

Blog users, reacting to this post about Meg Whitman's recent pension comments, have asked in at least one comment and three e-mails to your humble blogger, how many state workers fall into the various pension plans?

This table breaks down the numbers for 2007 and 2008. It comes from a CalPERS' analysis of employer contribution rates as reported to the fund's Benefits and Program Administration Committee on May 12. You can download that document by clicking here. Scroll down to page 3 to see the table.

State miscellaneous made up about 64 percent of roughly 248,000 active members as of June 30, 2008. State police and firefighters, 19 percent; safety, 10 percent; industrial, 4 percent; CHP, 3 percent.

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Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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