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NYS Comptroller

Thomas P. DiNapoli

Coordinated Plan

For ERS Tier 6 Members

(Article 15)

Overview

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Your pension is based on your years of credited service, your age at retirement and your final average salary (FAS). FAS is the average of the wages you earned during any five consecutive years of service when your earnings were highest. This is usually the last five years of employment.

The calculation of your FAS can include, but is not limited to, the following types of payments. In some cases, certain restrictions may apply.

  • Regular salary.
  • Overtime up to the annual limit, if earned in the FAS period.*
  • Holiday pay.
  • Noncompensatory overtime earned in the FAS period.*
  • Longevity payments (maximum of five), if earned in the FAS period.

*Overtime pay in excess of the annual limit cannot be used in the FAS calculation. The limit increases each calendar year based on the Consumer Price Index on September 30 of the previous year. Please refer to our Overtime Limits for Tier 6 page for more information.

The following types of payments are not considered regular compensation and, in most cases, will not be included in your FAS calculation:

  • Lump sum vacation pay.
  • Wages reported from more than two separate employers.
  • Unused sick leave.
  • Payments made as a result of your working during your vacation.
  • Overtime payments that exceed the limitation.
  • Any payments that cause your salary to exceed that of the Governor.*
  • Any form of termination pay.
  • Payments made in anticipation of retirement.
  • Lump sum payments for deferred compensation.
  • Any payments made for time not worked.

*Currently $179,000 annually.