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For ERS Tier 3 and 5 Members (Article 14-CO)

Important Tier 6 Information

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Tier 6 was established through legislation signed into law on March 16, 2012 (Chapter 18, Laws of 2012). The benefits described in this publication are available to Tier 6 ERS members with the following changes:

Tier Status

You are in Tier 6 if you joined ERS on or after April 1, 2012.

Member Contributions

You are required to contribute 3 percent of your gross earnings toward your retirement benefits during the fiscal year 2012-13. Beginning April 1, 2013, you are required to contribute a specific percentage of your annual wage as shown below. Future salary changes may affect your contribution rates. New York State Correction Officers' contributions are limited to 30 years of service.

Annual Wage Contribution Rate
$45,000 or less 3%
$45,000.01 to $55,000 3.5%
$55,000.01 to $75,000 4.5%
$75,000.01 to $100,000 5.75%
More than $100,000 6%
Additional Service Credit for Sick Leave (Section 41[j])

Certain eligible members may receive service credit for a maximum of 100 days of unused, unpaid sick leave at retirement.

Final Average Salary (FAS)

Your FAS is the average of the highest five consecutive years of reportable salary subject to limits. Each year of salary used in the FAS calculation cannot exceed the average of the previous four years by more than 10 percent.

In addition to those payments listed in this booklet, the following payments cannot be included in your FAS calculation:

  • Payment for unused vacation;
  • Wages reported from more than two separate employers;
  • Overtime in excess of $15,000*; and
  • Earned compensation which exceeds the Governor's annual salary, currently $179,000.

* For fiscal year 2012-13. The maximum reportable overtime increases each fiscal year based on the Consumer Price Index on December 31st of the previous year.

Service Retirement Benefit

Your service retirement benefit is the same as the benefit provided to Tier 5 members.

If you retire under circumstances that provide a reduced benefit, the following reductions apply. The percentage of the benefit reduction is prorated based on your exact age at retirement.

Age at Retirement Percentage of Reduction
55 52.0
56 45.5
57 39.0
58 32.5
59 26.0
60 19.5
61 13.0
62 6.5
63 0
Vested Retirement Benefit

If you leave public employment before you are eligible for a service retirement benefit, but have ten years of credited service, you can apply for and receive your full vested retirement benefit at age 63, or a reduced benefit between ages 55 and 63.

Disability and Death Benefits

Your disability and death benefits are the same as the benefits provided to Tier 5 members.

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