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Thomas P. DiNapoli

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For ERS Tier 1 and 2 Members (Section 89)


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Your pension is based on your years of credited service and your final average salary (FAS). FAS is the average of the wages you earned during any 36 consecutive months of service when your earnings were highest. This is usually the last three 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 earned in the FAS period.
  • Holiday pay.
  • Noncompensatory overtime earned in the FAS period.
  • Longevity payments (maximum of three), if earned in the FAS period.
  • Payment for up to 30 days of accumulated unused vacation if your date of membership is before April 1, 1972, and if your FAS is based on the 36 months of earnings immediately preceding your retirement.

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

  • Unused sick leave.
  • Payments made as a result of your working during your 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.
  • Overtime which is compensated in whole or in part by payments from private, non-governmental entities.*

*Service rendered to private entities is not government service and payment for such service is not regular compensation earned from a participating employer. It is not pensionable and cannot be included in the calculation of a final average salary. Please note that overtime work performed for other public employers that participate in this Retirement System, such as a school district, should be reported to the Retirement System and is includable in the calculation of final average salary, even if the primary employer is reimbursed by the other public entity.