Frequently Asked Questions
- Where did the estimated salary figure come from?
- Why are the projection factors for Tiers 1 through 4 less than 100 percent?
- Why use estimated salaries?
- Why are the actual salaries double inflated?
- How are plan and option rates determined?
- What is the divide by factor?
- Why is group term life insurance (GTLI) separate from the regular pension contribution?
- If I choose to amortize my 2015 Annual Invoice, what is the interest rate on that amortization?
- What if I disagree with this information?
- What if I don’t see all of the location codes that I should have access to?
- If I don’t understand a term, where do I get additional information?
- What are the technical requirements needed to view the projections and rates?
- Where do I get additional information on the contribution stabilization programs?
We take the most recent year’s actual salaries and multiply them by the projection factor for that tier.
Tiers 1, 2 and 3 are closed tiers with many people retiring. The salaries in these tiers have been declining for many years — and because Tier 4 closed in 2009, we expect those salaries will go down as well.
It’s the best starting point. We use actual salaries and multiply them by a factor that takes into account several variables. It’s the most accurate method we have for estimating the salary base.
Salaries are not consistent from year to year, so we double inflate to project salaries 15 months in advance. It’s similar to the way we calculate estimated salaries.
Those are calculated by looking at the cost of paying for the future benefits of your employees and the cost of maintaining the Common Retirement Fund.
The divide by factor represents the 45 days of interest that are discounted when you pay your annual invoice December 15th instead of February 1st. The factor changes with the interest rate.
GTLI is separate because it is excluded from the calculation of the Estimated Amount that May Be Amortized.
It is 3.15 percent for amounts amortized under the original Contribution Stabilization Program and 3.50 percent for amounts amortized under the Alternate Contribution Stabilization Program on the February 1, 2015 invoice. In order to amortize under the Alternate Program, you must have filed an election form before February 1, 2014.
Contact the Employer Billing Unit at 518-473-0681 or email us at NYSLRS_Billing@osc.state.ny.us.
If you think there’s a problem, contact the Employer Billing Unit at 518-474-4913 or email us at NYSLRS_Billing@osc.state.ny.us.
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