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New State Police Pension Plan - Survivor Benefits

  • If an employee dies in active service, the eligible survivor(s) will be paid a monthly pension benefit equal to one-half (50%) of the employee’s compensation.
  • If an employee dies in the line of duty, the eligible survivor(s) will be paid a monthly pension benefit equal to three-fourths (75%) of the employee’s compensation.
  • Upon the death of an individual receiving a service or disability pension, a monthly survivor’s pension shall be payable to the eligible survivor(s) based on the Joint and Survivor benefit option elected at the time of retirement.


At the time of retirement, an irrevocable election shall be made to provide a monthly pension benefit to eligible survivor(s) based on the options below: Those retiring on or after January 1, 2015*

  • No reduction to member’s pension = 50% survivor’s pension
  • 2% reduction to member’s pension = 66.67% survivor’s pension
  • 3% reduction to member’s pension = 75% survivor’s pension
  • 6% reduction to member’s pension = 100% survivor’s pension

*This election is irrevocable and must be made prior to the issuance of the first pension direct deposit.


The eligible survivor is determined at the time of the member’s death. An eligible survivor’s order of priority** as established by law, determines who may be entitled to a survivor’s benefit:

  1. Spouse (legally married or civil union) -- must be married prior to your retirement or at least one year before date of death, unless death is a result of an accident.
  2. Dependent child(ren)
  3. Dependent parent(s)

** Priority may be changed by filing a notarized Survivor Order of Priority (SOP-1) form.

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