Retirements & Benefits

Employees hired on or before September 29, 2012

SWD provides employees with retirement benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at a 2 percent at age 60 formula. Final compensation is based on the single highest year of pay. The District pays the employer share of these costs. The employees contribute their full share of the 7% employee pension costs.

Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013

The District, in compliance with the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2012 (PEPRA), all new employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 and who have not been in PERS membership or in membership with a reciprocal retirement system will receive benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at a 2 percent at age 62 formula.

Medical, Dental, Vision and other Benefits:

SWD provides medical, dental and vision coverage with employees sharing in the monthly cost of the program. A deferred compensation program is available in the form of a 457 plan, with matching funds based on seniority to a maximum of 3% of annual salary. SWD supports higher education goals by sharing tuition costs for classes pertaining to certification programs or job-related courses. Life insurance and car allowances are offered in varied amounts depending upon the position.