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New York State and Local Retirement System Fact Sheet

The New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) is comprised of two separate retirement systems:

  • New York State Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), which provides benefits for state civil service officers and employees
  • New York State Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS), which provides benefits for police officers and firefighters

Member Information (as of March 31, 2017)

  • Overall membership in NYSLRS: 1,104,779
    • 652,324 employees, 81% of which are active (currently working for a participating employer). 617,143 (95%) are ERS; 35,181 (5%) are PFRS.
    • 414,220 retirees; 38,235 beneficiaries

ERS Average Salary and Pensions (as of March 31, 2017)

  • Average salary: $51,406
  • Average pension for all ERS retirees and beneficiaries: $23,026
  • Average pension for new ERS retirees: $29,331

PFRS Average Salary and Pensions (as of March 31, 2017)

  • Average salary: $108,930
  • Average pension for all PFRS retirees and beneficiaries: $49,123
  • Average pension for new PFRS retirees: $73,729

ERS Tiers of Membership (as of March 31, 2017)

  • Tier 1 joined before July 1, 1973 (0.5% of members)
  • Tier 2 joined between July 1, 1973 and July 26, 1976 (0.6% of members)
  • Tier 3 joined between July 27, 1976 and August 31, 1983
  • Tier 4 joined between September 1, 1983 and December 31, 2009 (63.6% of members are in Tiers 3 & 4)
  • Tier 5 joined between January 1, 2010 and March 31, 2012 (8.3% of members)
  • Tier 6 joined on or after April 1, 2012 (27.0% of members)

PFRS Tiers of Membership (as of March 31, 2017)

  • Tier 1 joined before July 31, 1973 (0.2% of members)
  • Tier 2 joined between July 31, 1973 and June 30, 2009 (72.5% of members)
  • Tier 3 joined between July 1, 2009 and January 8, 2010 (0.7% of members)
  • Tier 5 joined between January 9, 2010 and March 31, 2012 (5.3% of members)
  • Tier 6 joined on or after April 1, 2012 (21.3% of members)

Benefits Paid and Contributions (for State fiscal year end March 31, 2017)

  • Benefits paid out: $11.45 billion
  • Employer contributions: $4,787 billion
  • State government contributions: $1.81 billion
  • Local government contributions: $2.97 billion
  • Member contributions: $328.8 million

Employers

  • More than 3,000 employers participate in the NYSLRS.
  • Of the total members, approximately 32% are state employees, 32% are local government employees, and 21% are school district employees.
  • Employees of state and local public authorities and other governmental corporations make up the remaining members.

(Rev. 11/17)

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