How School Employees Earn NYSLRS Service Credit

There are non-teachers earning NYSLRS service credit.While most New York teachers and administrators are in the New York State Teachers’ retirement system, other school employees are members of the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS). In fact, 1 out of 5 NYSLRS members works for a school district. Most work according to the school year, which could be only 10 or 11 months long. So how do we determine service credit for them?

Earning NYSLRS Service Credit When School Employees Work Full-Time

If you’re a school employee who works full-time, you receive one year of service per school year. Generally, a full-time 10-month school year requires at least 180 days worked in any school year. Depending on your employer, a full academic year can range from 170 to 200 days.

Earning NYSLRS Service Credit When School Employees Work Part-Time

Part-time school employees earn service credit based on the number of days they work. The number of hours in a full-time day is set by your employer (it’s between six and eight hours). If you don’t work full-time, your employer converts the number of hours you worked into the equivalent number of full-time days. Your employer reports that number to us, and your days worked are plugged into the formulas below.

Regardless of whether you work full- or part-time, depending on the length of your school year, your service is credited in the following ways:

For all BOCES and school district employees, as well as
teachers working at New York State schools for the deaf and blind:

Number of days worked ÷ 180 days

For college employees:

Number of days worked ÷ 170 days

For institutional teachers:

Number of days worked ÷ 200 days

Infographic showing how to calculate part-time service credit for school employees

Check Your Service Credit

You can check your Retirement Online account to find your current service credit total.

You can also check your Member Annual Statement, which is provided to you every summer. For most members, your statement will show how much service credit you’ve earned for the past fiscal year (April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019). It will also show your total service credit as of March 31, 2019. Make sure to look it over to see how much service credit you’ve earned over your career.

For more information on service credit, read our booklet, Service Credit for Tiers 2 through 6 (VO1854), or your own retirement plan publication.

14 thoughts on “How School Employees Earn NYSLRS Service Credit

  1. guy & lynne s rigabar

    my wife is currently working at watertown city school district. in 1973 she worked for the state office bldg. at watertown, ny just after graduating high school. i’m wondering if she qualified for tier one or not. any way to find this out?

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    1. NYSLRS

      It may be possible for her to get additional service credit if she worked for a participating NYSLRS employer at the time, but she would have had to have been a NYSLRS member during that time to become a Tier 1 member. Please ask your wife to email us via our secure email form. A customer service representative can review her account to address her questions. (Filling out the secure form allows us to safely provide the member-specific information she needs for her past service. Please allow five to seven business days for a response.)

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    1. NYSLRS

      That depends on whether you are already working full time. Generally, school employees who work full-time for the school year (September through June) already receive a full year of service credit, and you cannot earn more than one full year of service credit per year.

      For information about your particular situation, please email our customer service representatives using our secure email form. One of our representatives will review your account and respond to your questions. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

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  2. Aleia

    How does coaching a school sport factor into additional service credits earned? I also earn time from my full time county job.

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    1. NYSLRS

      Generally, you cannot earn more than one full year of service credit per year. However, your earnings from coaching may factor into your final average salary (FAS) and your pension calculation, if they are part of your highest years of earnings.

      For information, visit our Final Average Salary page.

      Update 11/7/19: We apologize for the confusion. In most cases, earnings from coaching will not increase your NYSLRS pension. For account-specific information, please email our customer service representatives using the secure email form on our website (http://www.emailNYSLRS.com). One of them will review your account and respond to your questions.

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    1. NYSLRS

      Generally, an employee receiving salary from a participating employer may be reported to NYSLRS.

      Our answer above is a general statement about how full- and part-time earnings and service would work in a pension calculation.

      For information about a particular situation or job title, please email our customer service representatives using our secure email form. One of our representatives will review your account and respond to your questions. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

      Update 11/7/19: We apologize for the confusion. In most cases, earnings from coaching will not increase your NYSLRS pension.

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  3. Mary

    I worked for 6 years in an After School program that was grant funded by a 21st Century grant; ‘No Child Left Behind Act’. I’m wondering if those years qualify towards retirement?

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    1. NYSLRS

      For information about a particular situation or job title, please email our customer service representatives using our secure email form, and provide the approximate dates you worked in the program. One of our representatives will review your account and respond to your questions. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

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  4. Sarah Cory

    I am in Tier 4 and was wondering if time that I was a full-time temporary (long-term substitute) employee is time that I could buy back.

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    1. NYSLRS

      For questions about purchasing previous service, please email our customer service representatives using the secure form on our website (http://www.emailNYSLRS.com). In the Comment section, please include details about your prior service, including the name of your employer, approximate dates you worked and job title. One of our representatives will review your account and respond to your questions. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

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  5. Linda

    I work for a school district with 180 days but don’t get full (1 year), but I also work six weeks in the summer for same district and don’t get credit for those weeks , why is that? I was told if you worked you got credit but have not got the credit that is due for summer July to august .

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    1. NYSLRS

      To get the account-specific information you need, please email our customer service representatives using the secure form on our website (http://www.emailNYSLRS.com). One of our representatives will review your account and respond to your questions. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

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