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401k & Pension

Employee Pension & Retirement Plans

All employees are required to participate in one of the following retirement plans appropriate to their employee group. The City of Boulder contributes to all of these plans.

Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) Defined Benefit Pension

For Management/Non-Union, BMEA, Temporary, and Seasonal employees

International City Managers’ Association (ICMA) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

For Management/Non-Union employees satisfying PERA exemption criteria. This includes Directors who report directly to the City Manager, Council Appointees and Council Members.

Fire & Police Money Purchase Pension Plan & Trust Agreement of the City (“New Hire”)

Defined Contribution Retirement Plan for Fire or Police, including Management/Non-Union command staff

Additional Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans

While the plans above may go a long way, they may not be enough to maintain your desired standard of living throughout your retirement years. That's why eligible Standard and Non-Standard employees may also participate in one or both of the following investments options to supplement your retirement income.

401(k) Plan

Administered by PERA and available to PERA retirement plan participants. Includes an array of high-quality and low-cost investment options, including a Roth option.

    • 401(k) Contribution/Change Form

    • 401(k) Plan Beneficiary Designation/Change Form

457 Deferred Compensation Plan

​Available to all employees and administered by ICMA. This plan also offers a wide variety of investment options, including a Roth option.

    • 457 New Enrollment Form

    • 457 Contribution/Change Form

Under either plan, you contribute by deferring either a set dollar amount or percentage of your salary on a pre-tax basis, unless you have elected a Roth post-tax program. All earnings are tax deferred until benefits are distributed to you.

View the IRS's  457(b) vs. 401(k) Plan Comparison to learn more about how these types of plans differ.


Contribution Amount Limits

2019 Tax Year

Maximum annual IRA contribution (under age 50)


Maximum annual IRA contribution (age 50 or over)


Maximum annual 401(k) 457 salary-deferral limit (under age 50)


Maximum annual 401(k) or 457 salary-deferral limit (age 50 or over) *


Maximum annual additions limit under defined contribution plan


Maximum includible compensation for computing contributions


Maximum SIMPLE salary-deferral limit (under age 50)


Maximum SIMPLE salary-deferral limit (age 50 or over)


Minimum annual compensation for determining a "highly compensated" employee (used in 401(k) nondiscrimination tests)


*Only 457(b) plans of state and local governments may allow catch-up contributions for participants who are aged 50 or older. Some plans also allow Special 457(b) catch-up contributions. Refer to your plan details for further information.

Contribution Amount Limits

2020 Tax Year










Minimum annual compensation amount for SEP participation



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