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Tier 6 Benefit Information

Comparison of PFRS Key Benefits

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 5 Tier 6
Membership Dates
Before July 31, 1973 July 31, 1973 through June 30, 2009 July 1, 2009 through January 8, 2010 January 9, 2010 through March 31, 2012 April 1, 2012 and after
Vesting
There is no minimum service requirement for members retiring directly from the payroll. Members not on the payroll must have 5 years of service credit. After earning 5 years of service credit After earning 5 years of service credit After earning 10 years of service credit After earning 10 years of service credit
Employee Contributions
None, if employer offers a non-contributory plan None, if employer offers a non-contributory plan Article 11: None, if employer offers a non-contributory plan Article 14: 3% for 25 years or until retirement, whichever is earlier 3% until retirement unless the member’s plan limits the amount of service credit that can be accrued. Contributions are not required after the maximum service credit is accrued. (Certain PFRS members covered by union-negotiated contracts that require their employer to offer a special plan may not be required to contribute.) Members contribute for all years of public service
  • From April 1, 2012 — March 31, 2013, 3% of gross salary
  • Beginning April 1, 2013, contribution rate based on annual salary
See the Tier 6 PFRS member contributions.
Retirement Age
  • Members in special plans can retire after completing their plan’s minimum service requirement regardless of age
  • Full benefits at age 55
  • Members in special plans can retire after completing their plan’s minimum service requirement regardless of age
  • Full benefits at age 62 for members in regular plans
Article 11:
  • Members in special plans can retire after completing their plan’s minimum service requirement regardless of age
  • Age 62 for members in regular plans
Article 14:
  • Normal retirement with 22 years of service
  • Early retirement with 20 years of service
  • Members in special plans can retire after completing their plan’s minimum service requirement regardless of age
  • Full benefits at age 62 for members in regular plans
  • Members in special plans can retire after completing their plan’s minimum service requirement regardless of age
  • Full benefits at age 62 for members in regular plans
  • Age 63 for vested members not on the payroll
Reductions for Early Retirement
None Articles 11 and 22:
Age at Retirement Percentage of Reduction
55 27
56 24
57 21
58 18
59 15
60 12
61 6
62 0
Final Average Salary (FAS) Calculation
The average of the wages earned during the three highest consecutive years of service The average of the wages earned during the three highest consecutive years of service The average of the wages earned during the three highest consecutive years of service The average of the wages earned during the three highest consecutive years of service The average of the wages earned during the five highest consecutive years of service
FAS Limitation
For members who joined June 17, 1971 or later, the wages in any year cannot exceed the wages in the preceding year by more than 20 percent The wages in any year cannot exceed the average of the previous two years by more than 20 percent Article 11:
  • The wages in any year cannot exceed the average of the previous two years by more than 20 percent
Article 14:
  • The wages in any year cannot exceed the average of the previous two years by more than 10 percent
The wages in any year cannot exceed the average of the previous two years by more than 20 percent The wages in any year cannot exceed the average of the previous four years by more than 10 percent
Payments Not Included in FAS 1
  • Unused sick leave
  • Payments made as a result of working vacation
  • Any form of termination pay
  • Payments made in anticipation of retirement
  • Lump sum payments for deferred compensation
  • Any payments made for time not worked
  • Lump sum payments for accumulated vacation if Date of Membership (DOM) is 4/1/72 or after
  • Unused sick leave
  • Payments made as a result of working vacation
  • Any form of termination pay
  • Payments made in anticipation of retirement
  • Lump sum payments for deferred compensation
  • Any payments made for time not worked
  • Lump sum payments for accumulated vacation
Article 11: Same payments excluded as Tier 2 Article 14: Same payments excluded as Tier 1 with DOM before 4/1/72 Same payments excluded as Tier 2 Same payments excluded as Tier 2 plus:
  • Wages in excess of the Governor’s salary, currently $179,000
  • For members paid by three or more employers, wages paid by more than two of those employers each year
Overtime Limit 1
None None None The amount of overtime pay that can be used in an FAS calculation is limited to 15% of salary each year The amount of overtime pay that can be used in an FAS calculation is limited to 15% of salary each year
Service Retirement Benefit Calculation
Section 375-h, 375-i Regular Plan:
  • With 20 years of service: 2% of FAS times years of credited service to a maximum of 75% of FAS
  • With less than 20 years of service: 1.66% of FAS times years of service
Same as Tier 1 Article 11: Same as Tier 1 Article 14:
  • With 22 years of service: 50% of FAS
  • With 20 years of service: 42% of FAS plus an additional 4% for service beyond 20 years to a maximum of 22 years
Same as Tier 1 Same as Tier 1
Sick Leave Credit (Section 341(j) RSSL)
Eligible members may receive service credit for up to 165 days (200 days for some members) of unused, unpaid sick leave days at retirement Same as Tier 1 Same as Tier 1 Same as Tier 1 Same as Tier 1

1 Updated as of 1/13

(Rev. 4/12)