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Pay tables, COLA info, annuity projections

This page contains the latest information on current NALC pay tables, NALC contract cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and FERS and CSRS annuity projections. The page also contains a graph showing changes the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, the index used to calculate Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) that apply to active and retired carriers.

You also will find information about Postal Service performance and information about developments in the postal sector generally.

Letter carrier pay table

2019-2023 National Agreement

Under the terms of the 2019-2023 National Agreement between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service, this salary and rate schedule is the current paychart for all NALC represented employees:

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Selected previous National Agreement pay tables are available below.

Pay tables under the 2019-2023 National Agreement

Pay tables under the 2016-2019 National Agreement

 

Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs)

CPI Graph

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September 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

September 14

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $104 through August 2021

The projected accumulation toward the fifth regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement stood at $104 annually in September following the release of the August 2021 Consumer Price Index.

On September 14, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 799.443 in August, 54.067 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019. The accumulated COLA through August stood at 5 cents per hour or $104 annually.

The fifth COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and January 2022, less any previously calculated COLAs, and will be payable the second full pay period following the release of the January 2022 index. The four COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019- 2023 National Agreement, totaling 130 cents per hour, are as follows: 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416 annually), and the 4th COLA, 93 cents per hour ($1,934 annually). The first three COLAs will be paid retroactively to their contractual effective dates.

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 5.9% as of August 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the August 2021 CPI-W (1982-84) of 268.387 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 5.9%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 5.6% as of August 2021

Based on the release of the August 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 5.6%. The August 2021 CPI-W of 268.387 was 5.6% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

August 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

August 11

Contract COLA: 4th COLA Is $1,934

The fourth regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement is $1,934 annually.

On August 11, 2021 the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 797.661 in July, 52.285 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019.

The fourth COLA is based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and July 2021, less any previously calculated COLAs, and is payable the second full pay period following the release of the July 2021 index. The three COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019-2023 National Agreement, totaling 37 cents per hour, are as follows: 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), and the 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416 annually).

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 5.7% as of July 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the July 2021 CPI-W (1982-84) of 267.789 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 5.7%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 5.4% as of July 2021

Based on the release of the July 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 5.4%. The July 2021 CPI-W of 267.789 was 5.4% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

July 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

July 13

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $1,726 through June 2021

The projected accumulation toward the fourth regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement stood at $1,726 annually in July following the release of the June 2021 Consumer Price Index.

On July 13, 2021 the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 793.560 in June, 48.184 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019. The accumulated COLA through June stood at 83 cents per hour or $1,726 annually.

The fourth COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and July 2021, less any previously calculated COLAs, and will be payable the second full pay period following the release of the July 2021 index. The three COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019-2023 National Agreement, totaling 37 cents per hour, are as follows: 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), and the 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416 annually). The first three COLAs will be paid retroactively to their contractual effective dates.

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 5.1% as of June 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the June 2021 CPI-W (1982-84) of 266.412 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 5.1%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 4.9% as of June 2021

Based on the release of the June 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 4.9%. The June 2021 CPI-W of 266.412 was 4.9% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

June 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

June 10

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $1,290 through May 2021

The projected accumulation toward the fourth regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement stood at $1,290 annually in June following the release of the May 2021 Consumer Price Index.

On June 10, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 785.221 in May, 39.845 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019. The accumulated COLA through March stood at 62 cents per hour or $1,290 annually.

The fourth COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and July 2021, less any previously calculated COLAs, and will be payable the second full pay period following the release of the July 2021 index. The three COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019-2023 National Agreement, totaling 37 cents per hour, are as follows: 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), and the 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416 annually). The first three COLAs will be paid retroactively to their contractual effective dates.

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 4.0 % as of May 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the May 2021 CPI-W (1982-84) of 263.612 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 4.0%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 3.8% as of May 2021

Based on the release of the June 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 3.8%. The May 2021 CPI-W of 263.612 was 3.8% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

May 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

May 12

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $915 through April 2021

The projected accumulation toward the fourth regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement stood at $915 annually in May following the release of the April 2021 Consumer Price Index.

On May 12, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 778.147 in March, 81.93 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019. The accumulated COLA through March stood at 44 cents per hour or $915 annually.

The fourth COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and July 2021, less any previously calculated COLAs, and will be payable the second full pay period following the release of the July 2021 index. The three COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019-2023 National Agreement, totaling 37 cents per hour, are as follows: 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), and the 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416 annually). All three COLAs will paid retroactively to their contractual effective dates.

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 3.1% as of April 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the April 2021 CPI-W (1982-84) of 261.237 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 3.1%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 2.8% as of April 2021

Based on the release of the April 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 2.8%. The April 2021 CPI-W of 261.237 was 2.8% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

April 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

April 13

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $562 through March 2021

The projected accumulation toward the fourth regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement stood at $562 annually in April following the release of the March 2021 Consumer Price Index.

On April 13, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 771.287 in March, 25.911 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019. The accumulated COLA through March stood at 27 cents per hour or$562 annually.

The fourth COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and July 2021, less any previously calculated COLAs, and will be payable the second full pay period following the release of the July 2021 index. The three COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019-2023 National Agreement, totaling 37 cents per hour, are as follows: 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), and the 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416 annually). The third COLA will be effective February 27, 2021, the second full pay period following the release of the January 2021 CPI. All three COLAs will paid retroactively to their contractual effective dates.

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 2.2% as of March 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the March 2021 CPI-W (1982-84) of 258.935 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 2.2%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 1.9% as of March 2021

Based on the release of the February 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 1.9%. The March 2021 CPI-W of 258.935 was 1.9% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

March 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

March 10

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $250 through March 2021

The projected accumulation toward the fourth regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement stood at $250 annually in March following the release of the February 2021 Consumer Price Index.

On March 10, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 765.056 in February, 19.680 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019. The accumulated COLA through March stood at 12 cents per hour or$250 annually.

The fourth COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and July 2021, less any previously calculated COLAs, and will be payable the second full pay period following the release of the July 2021 index. The three COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019-2023 National Agreement, totaling 37 cents per hour, are as follows: 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), and the 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416 annually). The third COLA will be effective February 27, 2021, the second full pay period following the release of the January 2021 CPI. All three COLAs will paid retroactively to their contractual effective dates.

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 1.4% as of February 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the February 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 256.843 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 1.4%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 1.1% as of February 2021

Based on the release of the February 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 1.1%. The February 2021 CPI-W of 256.843 was 1.1% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

February 2021 cost-of-living adjustment memo

February 10

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.7% as of January 2021

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the January 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 255.296 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.7%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2022 FECA COLA Projection: 0.5% as of January 2021

Based on the release of the January 2021 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 0.5%. The January 2021 CPI-W of 255.296 was 0.5% above the December 2020 base index (254.081). The 2022 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2021 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2022.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

November 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

December 11

2022 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.2% as of November 2020

The 2022 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2020 (253.412) and the 3rd quarter of 2021 (TBA).

Based on the November 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 253.826 the 2022 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.2%. The 2022 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2021 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2021.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA Projection: 1.3% as of November 2020

Based on the release of the November 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2021 FECA COLA projection is 1.3%. The November 2020 CPI-W of 253.826 was 1.3% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

August 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

September 11

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 1.4% as of August 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the August 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 253.597 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 1.4%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA Projection: 1.3% as of August 2020

Based on the release of the August 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 1.3%. The August 2020 CPI-W of 253.597 was 1.3% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

 

July 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

August 12

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 1.0% as of July 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the July 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 252.636 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 1.0%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA projection: 0.9% as of July 2020

Based on the release of the July 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 0.9%. The July 2020 CPI-W of 252.636 was 0.9% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

June 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

July 14

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.3% as of June 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the June 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 251.054 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.3%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA projection: 0.2% as of June 2020

Based on the release of the June 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 0.2%. The June 2020 CPI-W of 251.054 was 0.2% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

May 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

June 10

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: -0.3% as of May 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the May 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 249.521 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.0%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA projection: -0.4% as of May 2020

Based on the release of the May 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 0.0%. The May 2020 CPI-W of 249.521 was 0.0% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

April 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

May 12

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.0% as of April 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the April 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 249.515 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.0%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA projection: 0.0% as of April 2020

Based on the release of the April 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 0.0%. The April 2020 CPI-W of 249.515 was 0.0% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

March 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

April 10

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.5% as of March 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the March 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 251.375 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.5%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA projection: 0.4% as of March 2020

Based on the release of the March 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 0.4%. The March 2020 CPI-W of 251.375 was 0.4% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

February 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

March 11

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.7% as of February 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the February 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 251.935 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.7%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA projection: 0.6% as of February 2020

Based on the release of the February 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 0.6%. The February 2020 CPI-W of 251.935 was 0.6% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date. 

January 2020 cost-of-living adjustment memo

February 13

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.5% as of January 2020

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the January 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 251.361 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.5%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2021 FECA COLA projection: 0.4% as of January 2020

Based on the release of the January 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 0.4%. The January 2020 CPI-W of 251.361 was 0.4% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

December 2019 cost-of-living adjustment memo

January 14

2020 FECA COLA: 2.3%

Based on the release of the December 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA is 2.3%. The December 2019 CPI-W of 250.452 was 2.3% above the December 2018 base index (244.786).

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.1% as of December 2019

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the December 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 250.452, the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.1%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

November 2019 cost-of-living adjustment memo

December 11

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.2% as of November 2019

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the November 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 250.644 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.2%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees

2020 FECA COLA projection: 2.4% as of November 2019

Based on the release of the November 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 2.4%. The November 2019 CPI-W of 250.644 was 2.4% above the December 2018 base index (244.786). The 2020 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2019 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2020.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

October 2019 cost-of-living adjustment memo

November 13

2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.3% as of October 2019

The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).

Based on the October 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 250.894 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.3%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2020 FECA COLA projection: 2.5% as of October 2019

Based on the release of the October 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 2.5%. The October 2019 CPI-W of 250.894 was 2.5% above the December 2018 base index (244.786). The 2020 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2019 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2020.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

September 2019 cost-of-living adjustment memo

October 10

2020 Retiree COLAs: 1.6% 

The 2020 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2018 (246.352) and the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200).

Based on the September 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 250.251 the 2020 CSRS and FERS COLAs are 1.6%.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2020 FECA COLA projection: 2.2% as of September 2019

Based on the release of the September 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 2.2%. The September 2019 CPI-W of 250.251 was 2.2% above the December 2018 base index (244.786). The 2020 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2019 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2020.\

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

August 2019 cost-of-living adjustment memo

September 12

2020 Retiree COLAs Projection: 1.5% as of August 2019

The 2020 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2018 (246.352) and the 3rd quarter of 2019 (TBA).

Based on the August 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 250.112 the 2020 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 1.5%. The 2020 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2019 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2019.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2020 FECA COLA projection: 2.2% as of August 2019

Based on the release of the August 2019 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 2.2%. The August 2019 CPI-W of 250.112 was 2.2% above the December 2018 base index (244.786). The 2020 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2019 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2020.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.


FERS and CSRS annuity projections

Latest on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers

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Postal Service performance and the postal sector

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2021 Retiree COLAs Projection: 1.4% as of August 2020The 2021 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2019 (250.200) and the 3rd quarter of 2020 (TBA).Based on the August 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 253.597 the 2021 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 1.4%. The 2021 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2020 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2020.CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.2021 FECA COLA Projection: 1.3% as of August 2020Based on the release of the August 2020 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2020 FECA COLA projection is 1.3%. The August 2020 CPI-W of 253.597 was 1.3% above the December 2019 base index (250.452). The 2021 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2020 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2021.FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.