Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The 2020 Retiree COLA is 1.2%

As the cost-of-living rises, so will your pension benefit. The URS COLA is calculated each January based on the previous year’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You’ll be eligible for the COLA on the anniversary of your retirement date. We calculate your COLA based on the average monthly change in the CPI. It's based on your original retirement benefit amount; it’s noncompounding (except for Judges Retirement System).

The URS COLA is calculated using the average CPI for the calendar year compared to the average CPI for the previous calendar year. You may be familiar with another method of calculating the CPI which is frequently reported in the news media. This method shows the change in the CPI from December 31 of the current year to December 31 of the previous year.


Consumer Price Index

This table shows the CPI calculation for the last 10 years using each method.

YearDec. 31 / Dec. 31 CPIAverage / Average CPI
(used by URS)
2020 1.4% 1.2%
2019 2.3% 1.8%
2018 1.9% 2.4%
2017 2.1% 2.1%
2016 2.1% 1.3%
2015 0.7% 0.1%
2014 0.8% 1.6%
2013 1.5% 1.5%
2012 1.7% 2.1%
2011 1.4% 1.2%

Have questions about your URS retiree COLA? Please call 801-366-7770 or 800-695-4877.

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