Once a year, as a participating employer, you pay your share of the annual cost of your employees’ future benefits. Annual contribution rates play a major role in the total amount of your annual payment. But, do you know the criteria we use to determine those annual contribution rates?
The value of the Common Retirement Fund (Fund) and the rate of return on our investments have a significant impact on the rates. That’s only part of the story, however. The System’s actuary has to ensure that adequate assets are being accumulated to pay benefits as they become due. And in order to do that, the actuary has to make assumptions about factors such as employee mortality, turnover, expected investment returns, salary growth and even inflation.
Rates are issued every September and are used to calculate the invoice due February 1 of the following State fiscal year. For example, rates issued in September 2020 are for the invoice due February 1, 2022.
Rates for annual payment due February 1, 2021:
Rates for annual payment due February 1, 2022:
This section will help you gain a more complete understanding of how contribution rates are established and of the relationship between those rates and investment returns.