How Full-Time and Part-Time Service Credit Works

Service credit plays a vital part in your pension calculation and your eligibility for other NYSLRS benefits. As a NYSLRS member, you earn service credit by working for an employer who participates in the Retirement System. All your paid public employment is creditable. You would not, however, earn credit for any period when you are not receiving a salary, such as an unpaid leave of absence. If you work full-time or part-time, you’re earning service credit, just at different rates.

Earning Service Credit When You Work Full-Time

When you work on a full-time, continuous basis throughout your career, we’ll calculate your total service credit from your date of employment up until the date you leave paid employment. Most full-time workers earn a year of service credit for working 260 work days in a year. For a full-time 12-month employee, 260 work days constitutes a full year. For our members who work for school districts, a full-time 10-month academic year can be 180 work days. (If you work in an educational setting, we covered that in an earlier blog post.)

Earning Service Credit When You Work Part-Time

Your service credit is prorated if you work part-time. Part-time employment is credited as the lesser of:

the number of days worked ÷ 260 days

or

your reported annual salary ÷ (the State’s hourly minimum wage × 2,000)

You can think of it like this: let’s say you work 130 days in a year. If a year’s worth of service credit is earned for working 260 days full-time, you’d earn half a year (0.5) of service credit for your part-time work.

Check Your Member Annual Statement

From May to July, we’ll send out this year’s Member Annual Statements. For most members, your statement will show how much service credit you’ve earned over the past fiscal year (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018). It will also show your total service credit as of March 31, 2018. Make sure to look it over to see how much service credit you’ve earned over your career.

For more detailed information about service credit, please refer to your specific retirement plan publication.

22 thoughts on “How Full-Time and Part-Time Service Credit Works

  1. Laurianne K Curley

    I would like to receive my annual statement, as I have moved from New York.

    **Comment edited by NYSLRS to remove personal information**

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    1. NYSLRS

      The Member Annual Statement mailing begins this month. Most members can expect to receive their statements by mid-July. Your statement will be mailed to the address we had on file for you as of March 31, 2016. If you moved after March 31 and have not yet notified us of your new address, please fill out and send us a Change of Address (RS5512) form so we can keep your file up-to-date.

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      1. julie delaney

        Can you tell me how much it is to buy back time. I submitted the paperwork Nov 2017 and have not received information on this

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        1. NYSLRS

          We’re sorry; the NYSLRS social media team doesn’t have access to your account information. To check the status of your request to purchase service credit, we recommend emailing our customer service representatives using our secure email form. One of our representatives will review your account and get back to you. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      Early age penalties are generally based on your age, not how much service credit you have.

      If you are a Tier 3 or 4 member who is trying to reach 30 years of service to retire before age 62, you cannot use your sick leave credit to qualify for the better retirement calculation.

      You may wish to email our customer service representatives using our secure email form at http://www.emailNYSLRS.com. You tell them when you are thinking of retiring and ask if there will be a penalty and they can review your account to answer your questions. Please allow 5 – 7 business days for a response.

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  2. kirsten ewing

    Is their a program that offers an employee who was part time for a period to buy back credit for full time service?

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      We’re sorry; 1099-R tax forms cannot be viewed online or downloaded. They will be mailed by January 31.

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    1. NYSLRS

      Generally, you can receive service credit for working for more than one employer at a time. However, NYSLRS members can’t receive credit for more than one year of service per year.

      If you have questions 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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  3. Jeff dillon

    Is part time service credit calculated to the day exactly or does it round to the month, or half year, or year, etc.

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    1. NYSLRS

      Your service credit is prorated if you work part-time. Generally, we take your total days worked as reported by your employer and divide it by the number of workdays in a year (usually 260) to calculate your years of service.

      We report the total amount of service credit you earn each year in your Member Annual Statement (MAS). The most recent statement went out this past summer.

      For information about your specific situation, or if you need to request a reprint of your MAS, we recommend emailing our customer service representatives using our secure email form. One of our representatives will review your account and get back to you. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

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  4. debbie Miller

    After i retire, I am going to be working part time for the same municipality.. Can i use the new part time that i work in the years to come to be added to my retirement after i retire?

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  5. Jeanne M Martinez

    I worked 1986 and 1987 through NYS SYEP, does this time count for my retirement? And would buying it back effect my tier?

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    1. NYSLRS

      Generally members can only reinstate to an earlier tier of membership if they joined the retirement system while that tier was open. However, you may be able to purchase credit for your time with SYEP. You can find details on our Service Credit for Tiers 2 Through 6 page.

      For information about your specific circumstances, we recommend emailing our customer service representatives using our secure email form. One of our representatives will review your account to address your questions. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

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    1. NYSLRS

      A NYSLRS member may request credit for past service if they: 

      • Worked for a participating employer before joining NYSLRS;
      • Worked for a public employer that later participated in NYSLRS;
      • Received an honorable discharge from active military duty; or
      • Had a previous membership in NYSLRS or another New York State public retirement system.

      Usually, service with the federal government is not creditable, but there can be exceptions.

      For information about your particular situation, we recommend emailing our customer service representatives using our secure email form (see link below). One of our representatives will review your questions and respond. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

      http://www.emailnyslrs.com/

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  6. Patti Lloyd

    How many hours constitutes a “day?” For example, when I worked part time, my shifts were generally 3 or 4 hours.

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    1. NYSLRS

      The number of hours in a standard work day is established by your employer. Generally, it’s between six and eight hours.

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