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Benefit Formula Breakdown
This is a great question. Below is a breakdown of the benefit formula.
If you are a general state employee (including college and university employees), when you apply for retirement, your monthly base benefit* is calculated using a formula, as defined by law, that takes into account the following factors:
- Final Average Pay (FAP) – The average of your highest 36 consecutive months of compensation
- Multiplier – The multiplier established by the legislature (1.6% or 0.016 for MSEP; 1.7% or 0.017 for MSEP 2000 and MSEP 2011)
- Credited Service – Your years and months of credited service earned, purchased, or transferred, and unused sick leave (if applicable)
* Base benefit is the amount before any reductions, taxes, or other deductions.
Examples - Using the multiplier for MSEP 2000 or MSEP 2011 retirees:
$3,000 (FAP) x 0.017 (Multiplier) 15 years (Credited Service) = $765 monthly base benefit
$3,500 (FAP) x 0.017 (Multiplier) 17.5 years (Credited Service) = $1,041.25 monthly base benefit
$4,000 (FAP) x 0.017 (Multiplier) 30 years (Credited Service) = $2,040 monthly base benefit
$_____ (FAP) x ____ (Multiplier) x ____ years (Credited Service) = $_______ monthly base benefit
There is also the Temporary Benefit, which is available if you retire under the "Rule of 80" (MSEP 2000) or the "Rule of 90" (MSEP 2011), and it provides you with an additional benefit until age 62 along with your base benefit. The formula for the Temporary Benefit is: Final Average Pay (FAP) x .008 (Multiplier) x Credited Service. At age 62, it ends but your base benefit continues.
You can log in to myMOSERS to generate a benefit estimate or contact a MOSERS benefit counselor.
Since you are only two years from retirement, we encourage you to attend a Ready to Retire session to learn about the process. Registration is now open for 2022 sessions. Log in to myMOSERS to sign up. You can also contact a MOSERS benefit counselor to make a 1-on-1 appointment. Check out our Ready to Retire page and the Retirement Guide for more information.
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