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Welcome to PERS

The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) p​roudly serves the state of Mississippi by providing retirement benefits for individuals working in state government, public schools, universities, community colleges, municipalities, counties, the Legislature, highway patrol, and other such public entities. These retirement benefits not only help recruit and retain a strong public workforce in Mississippi, they help stimulate local economies in every county in the state and help reduce the need for social assistance.


Attention All PERS Members, Retirees, and Employers: Be aware of false press release

PERS has been made aware of a false press release being circulated regarding “suspension of retirements through December 2023.” This information is completely unfounded and untrue. PERS posts all official press releases on the agency’s official website here. Be sure to reference this site to verify any questionable information you may encounter.

A Message from the Executive Director

The PERS Board of Trustees voted at its February 28 meeting to change the effective date to July 1, 2024, for the previously approved employer contribution rate increases for PERS and the Supplemental Legislative Retirement Plan (SLRP). This date change will provide more time for planning while remaining consistent with actuarial recommendations and acting in the best interest of the membership to ensure the plan is properly funded long term. 

The Board previously voted at its December 2022 meeting to increase the PERS employer contribution rate to 22.4 percent and the SLRP employer contribution rate to 8.4 percent.

Guidelines for PERS Guests

  1. Guests may conduct PERS business by telephone or online. Before coming to the building, please consider calling to see if your needs can be handled by telephone or videoconference. Our numbers are 800-444-7377 and 601-359-3589. Remember, too, that our website provides many helpful resources.
  2. Visits to PERS are by appointment only. Guests needing to discuss their accounts should call PERS to arrange a scheduled time to speak with a retirement counselor. If a teleconference or videoconference appointment is not preferred, guests will be scheduled for an appointment in person at PERS.
  3. Please limit the number of guests accompanying you. We understand that some individuals may require an additional person for physical assistance or to provide transportation. However, we ask that you limit the number of additional people who come with you to an appointment.

PERS Focus Sessions and group seminars, as requested by employers, are being offered virtually and in person. Please watch the Retirement Education page of our website for the availability of these events.

Thank you.