Present Value Pension Calculator

Find today’s value of your defined benefit pension plan

PRESENT VALUE PENSION CALCULATOR

This net present value pension calculator calculates the present value of defined benefit pension plans for division of assets in divorce. This pension appraisal calculator is also useful for people who need to know today’s cash value of their pension in order to make a decision about a lump sum buyout offer from a pension provider or simply to know their net worth. This present value (PV) calculator uses an actuarial formula and GATT methodology to make over 4000 calculations, taking into account both interest rates and mortality rates. It does not use the “life expectancy” method, which some accountants and financial planners use, because the life expectancy method is inherently inaccurate. You can see a sample present value pension report by clicking here.

The present value pension calculator is particularly useful for divorcing couples who need a present value appraisal of a pension for division of marital assets. The calculator not only determines the present value of a pension, it also calculates the “marital portion” of the pension using a coverture ratio. In other words, it determines what percent of the present value of the pension was earned during the years of marriage. In many states, this marital portion of the pension is considered marital property, so this part of the total pension present value is shared equally between spouses in many cases. You can learn more about division of retirement accounts in divorce here.

This site also contains two specialized present value calculators, for participants in the Massachusetts State Employee Retirement System (MA SERS) and for participants in the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System (MTRS). These calculators give the expected monthly pension benefits you can expect, based on your inputs, and, in one step, can generate the actuarial present value of your future stream of pension payments.

This site also contains a FREE pension present value calculator-estimator. The free calculator uses the “life-expectancy” method for giving a ballpark estimate of a pension’s present value. If you would like an accurate present value of your pension, you should use the actuarial calculator, below, which costs $35. The next best price on the web for an online, actuarial present value calculation is $175, and actuaries and accountants charge as much as $300 for an actuarial calculation.

Finally, this site includes a FREE inflation and COLA (cost-of-living-adjustment) pension calculator which shows you each year of pension annual benefit until age 100 in TODAY’S dollars. It combines sophisticated calculations tailored to your pension’s COLA (cost-of-living-adjustment) with calculations of an inflation rate that you specify. Results for each year until age 100 can be downloaded to a .pdf chart with the click of a button.

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I am a Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  I received my BA from Brown University and my PhD, in Linguistic Anthropology, from the University of California Los Angeles.

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USE THE PRESENT VALUE PENSION CALCULATOR

To use this present value calculator, you must first get one piece of information from your particular pension plan. You must determine what your projected monthly benefit would be if you a) stopped working now, and b) began drawing your pension benefits at a normal, future retirement age for your job or occupation. For example, if you have 15 years of pension plan participation, you must find out what your monthly pension benefit would be if you retired with 15 years of service at age 62, 66, or some other projected retirement age. The retirement age that you choose to determine your future monthly benefit amount is also the retirement age that you will enter in the present value calculator below. It does not matter how old you are right now, and it does not matter if you plan to continue to work at your job for more years. The monthly benefit required for a present value calculation is the benefit that a person who retired at a normal retirement age (that you specify) would get if they had the number of years of service that you currently have .

Your pension plan administrator can provide you with this projected monthly benefit, and many pension plans have online calculators or formulas that allow you to calculate this projected monthly benefit yourself. I have compiled links to pension-specific information for each of the 100 largest pension plans in the United States and pension administrator telephone numbers for an additional 5000 US pension funds. You will enter the predicted monthly benefit they give you into the calculator under “C.6”, below.

Your pension administrator or pension information webpage can also give you information about COLA’s (“cost of living adjustments”) for your pension, if it has any.

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Pricing as low as $10 per present value calculation

  Disclaimer. Before filling out the form, check this box to indicate that you understand and agree with the disclaimer below.

The information contained within this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for obtaining professional legal or accounting advice. ValueYourPension.com is not associated with any lawyer, actuary, or accountant, and it does not provide legal or accounting advice. The results provided by this calculator are calculations that depend on assumptions about future interest rates, cost of living adjustments, and life expectancies as well as other numbers you enter into this calculator.

A. Optional information for .pdf report

B. Required information for coverture ratio ("marital portion") calculation

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Questions 3) and 4) are designed to gather information about when you earned or purchased pension credits, in order to calculate what percent of your pension credits were earned during marriage. You can enter up to six different periods of work and indicate for each what percent of pension credit you were receiving ("Percent of full-time credit earning"). For many pensions, the amount of pension credit you earn is prorated for part-time work. Thus, if you work 80% time, you might earn 80% of the normal pension credit for that period of work.

Only enter work periods when you were earning pension credits. For example, if you have worked 40% time and working 40% time does not earn pension credits from your employer, do not include this work period here.

You can enter pension credits (typically "years of service") that you have purchased under 4).










  Allow me to enter more periods of work













C. Required information for present value calculation

7a) My pension has no COLA. (If your pension has an occasional, one-time COLA, you should choose this one.)  Many pensions today have no COLA. If you have a COLA that will only be applied occasionally, then choose 7a), "no COLA".
7b) My pension has a fixed dollar-amount COLA. Many pensions have a COLA that is a fixed dollar amount, i.e., the same, fixed amount each year. Some pensions call this “simple interest” on a specific amount, e.g., 2% of your first annual benefit. Enter the amount of this COLA and indicate how many years and months after retirement the COLA will first be applied. Many pension COLA’s start one year after retirement or on a specific date after a one year waiting period after retirement. Some pension COLA’s have five year waiting periods or waiting periods that depend on your specific age or date of hire.
The first COLA adjustment to my pension will be applied years and months after my retirement date.
7c) My pension has a COLA that is a percentage of the entire benefit. This is for COLA’s that have compounding interest. If your COLA has simple interest, you should choose 7b). If your compounding COLA interest rate varies from year to year, you might find the geometric mean of the COLA's from the last 20-30 years, and use that number. More simply, you might find the arithmetic mean from the last 20-30 years and subtract about 10%. Compounding interest can increase future benefits dramatically, so choosing a high percentage rate can exaggerate the future benefits, and present value, of your pension.
The first COLA adjustment to my pension will be applied years and months after my retirement date.
7d) For some pensions, the cost of living adjustment applies to only part of your entire annual benefit. My pension has a COLA that is a percentage of part of my total benefit amount. Some large pension systems, such as the MA State Employee Retirement System, have COLA percentages that apply to only part of the benefit. In MA, for example, pension benefits receive a 3% COLA but with a maximum benefit of $390 per year. These COLA’s can function like compounding interest COLA’s until a certain threshold is reached and then function like a fixed dollar amount. If one has a MA pension that starts at $10,000 per year, it will receive a compounding COLA of 3% until the annual benefit is greater than or equal to $13,000. After that, it will receive a fixed amount COLA of $390 annually. ValueYourPension.com calculates this correctly when you choose this 7d) COLA option.
The first COLA adjustment to my pension will be applied years and months after my retirement date.

Please report any bugs to me and please pass along suggestions on how to make it more comprehensive or user-friendly: [email protected]

Below is the information you have input. To make changes, simply scroll up and make changes, then press "CONFIRM MY INPUTS" again.
Total pension credits (typically "years of service"):
Pension credits accumulated during marriage:
Projected age at retirement:
Mortality Table:
Predicted COLA:

To make any changes to what you have input, simply scroll up, make changes, and click the CONFIRM MY INPUTS button again.

AgeYearBasic annual pension payment before any cost of living adjust (COLA), if anyCost of living adjustment (COLA), if any
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A present value pension valuation and report costs $35. The next best price on the web for an instant present value calculation is $175. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal. If the calculator does not work properly for you, email me for a full refund.

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Results
Present value of pension as of :
Marital portion of present value of pension:
Coverture ratio (portion of the pension present value earned during marriage):
Total pension credits (typically "years of service"):
Pension credits accumulated during marriage:
Projected age at retirement:
Mortality Table:
Predicted COLA:


AgeYear during which Age startsPartial YearGross Annual BenefitDollar value of annual COLA in Gross Annual BenefitInterest discount rateProbability of Surviving each yearPresent Value of Annual Benefit