Monthly Benefits

Requirements

For monthly survivor benefits to be available a member must have met one of the following qualifications:

  1. Had at least 18 months of Ohio service credit with three of those months within the two and one-half years immediately before death, or
  2. Was receiving a disability benefit from OPERS, or
  3. Was eligible for retirement, but did not retire and continued to work.
  4. Were a law enforcement member whose primary (50 percent each month) duties were to preserve the peace, to protect life and property, and to enforce the laws within your jurisdiction, or a full-time bailiff or deputy bailiff appointed by the Hamilton County Municipal Clerk of Courts under Division (A)(3) of Section 1901.32.

Annual Benefit

The following two tables show schedules of monthly survivor benefits for which eligible beneficiaries may qualify.


Annual Benefit as a % of Decedent's Final Average Salary
1 qualified survivors 25% of FAS or $250, whichever is greater
2 qualified survivors 40% of FAS or $400, whichever is greater
3 qualified survivors 50% of FAS or $500, whichever is greater
4 qualified survivors 55% of FAS or $500, whichever is greater
5 or more qualified survivors 60% of FAS or $500, whichever is greater


Annual Benefit as a % of Decedent's Final Average Salary
based on 20 or more years of service
20 years 29% of FAS
21 years 33% of FAS
22 years 37% of FAS
23 years 41% of FAS
24 years 45% of FAS
25 years 48% of FAS
26 years 51% of FAS
27 years 54% of FAS
28 years 57% of FAS
29 years 60% of FAS



Beneficiaries

In addition, the member's beneficiary must be qualified to receive monthly benefits. Qualified beneficiaries, if otherwise eligible, include: