Massachusetts State Retirement System
The Massachusetts State Retirement Plan is a defined benefit program in lieu of Social Security. Membership in (SERS) is mandatory for all full time employees with benefits or those working at least half-time with benefits. New employees contribute 9% of gross salary, and 11% on salary over $30,000. These employee contributions are Federal tax-deferred. 1.45% is deducted for the Medicare portion of Social Security. State employees who entered state service before April 2, 2012 are eligible for a pension upon retirement at age 55 with 10 years of creditable service. Those who entered state service after April 2, 2012 are eligible for a pension at age 60 with 10 years of creditable service. State employees are eligible for a pension at any age with 20 years of creditable service.
Retirement Chart (PDF)
To estimate retirement benefits, click on the State Board of Retirement calculator: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/for-current-emps/estimate-retirement.html
Optional Retirement Program (ORP)
Professional benefitted employees have the option to contribute to an Optional Retirement Program which is administered by the Department of Higher Education. The ORP program is a defined contribution plan.
The Optional Retirement Program (ORP) is an alternative to the State Employees' Retirement System (SERS) that provides flexible and portable pension benefits for Faculty and Professional Staff at the Commonwealth's public institutions of higher education.
To be eligible for the ORP Program:
1. Participants must meet the minimum workload requirement:
The workload for eligibility is the standard "Chapter 32" definition: generally, 50% FTE. This is the same as the workload requirement for the State Employees' Retirement System (SERS).
2. Participants must not be vested in SERS (fewer than ten Years of Creditable Service).
Click here for the Comparison of Key Features between ORP and SERS:
For more information regarding the ORP program, go to:
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