Office of the State Comptroller
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Retirement Service Credit

To use this benefit estimator, you will need to know or approximate the length of your Vesting and Credited Service.

Vesting Service:
  • Vesting Service is used to satisfy the various TIER II/IIA eligibility requirements
  • Vesting Service Includes:
    • All periods of paid state employment, not succeeded by a permanent break
    • Periods of creditable workers’ compensation
    • Properly documented voluntary leave taken after 6/9/94
    • Periods of severance from state service of less than 12 months
    • Certain periods of additional service, which may include:
      • prior military service, or
      • qualifying and properly documented leaves of absence without pay for military service, educational leave, and family or personal medical leave.
  • Vesting Service is not adjusted for part-time service.
Credited Service:
  • Credited Service is used to calculate the amount of your Tier II/IIA benefit
  • Credited Service Includes:
    • All of your vesting service except:
      • Periods of severance from state service of less than 12 months
      • Job related educational leaves
  • If you have worked part-time, your Credited Service must be adjusted to reflect the percentage of a full-time schedule you actually worked.
  • If you have been continuously employed with no part-time service, no leaves of absence, and no periods of purchased or additional service, your service credit total should be the same under both of these measurements.
Part-Time Service:
  • If you have had part-time service, you should know that:
    • your part-time service will be treated as full-time service when determining your eligibility to retire (Vesting Service).
    • your retirement income will be calculated to produce a benefit which reflects the portion of a full-time schedule you worked throughout your state employment (Credited Service).
  • Example:
    • Let’s assume a member worked part-time at 50% of a full-time schedule for 10 years:
      • For determining eligibility, we will use 10 years.
      • However, when calculating the benefit percentage, we will use 5 years (the full-time equivalent of working 50% of full-time for 10 years).
Further details can be found in the on-line Tier II / IIA Workshop and Summary Plan Description.