Maryland State Retirement And Pension System Personal Statement Of Benefits

* PLEASE NOTE: Individuals who enrolled in a state retirement program prior to January 1, 1980 may be members of the Teachers’ Retirement System or the Employees’ Retirement System. If you participate in either of these plans, click here. Individuals who have enrolled in a state retirement program after January 1, 1980 and prior to July 1, 2011 are members of the Employees’ and Teachers’ Alternate Pension System, if you participate in either of these plans, click here. If you are uncertain which plan you are enrolled in, please contact the Employee Benefits Office.

How SRPS Benefits Are Determined

The SRPS is the State Retirement and Pension System defined benefit plan that provides benefits based on a specific formula. This formula takes into account your years of creditable service and your final average salary. When you retire, you have several payment options to choose from.


Contributions to the SRPS


Each year, the State contributes a certain percentage of your salary to the SRPS which is determined annually by the State System’s actuary. You must contribute 7% of your annual salary.


Investment Management


Several professional investment managers who are selected and monitored by the Board of Trustees of the SRPS invest the assets of the SRPS. Any investment losses or funding shortfalls are the responsibility of the State of Maryland.


Benefit Calculation


Your retirement benefit is calculated using the following formula:

.015 times Average
Final Salary (AFS) times Years of Credit
equals
Annual Basic Allowance

Annual Basic Allowance divided by 12 = Monthly Basic Allowance


Retirement Benefit Eligibility


Benefits are available through normal, early, vested, or disability retirement.


Normal Retirement


You may retire with unreduced benefits:
  • Rule of 90 – age and service must equal 90

OR

  • at age 65 with at least 10 years of eligibility service

Vested Retirement


Former employees may receive benefits if they were vested (had at least 10 years of eligibility service) when they terminated employment. Your benefit is calculated using your total creditable service at termination, since no additional service is earned after termination. If you terminate employment with at least 15 years of strong>eligibility service, you may elect a reduced monthly benefit beginning at age 60. Any benefit payable before age 65 will be reduced by 1/2% for each month you retire before age 65. If you wait until age 65, you receive a full retirement allowance.


Disability Retirement


There are two types of disability retirement benefits: ordinary and accidental. To qualify for ordinary disability retirement, you must be permanently disabled and have at least five years of eligibility service. Accidental disability benefits are paid if you are permanently and totally disabled as the direct result of a job-incurred injury.


Ordinary Disability Benefit


Creditable service is based on actual service when disabled, plus years and months of service to age 65. If you are working part-time when disabled, service is projected as part-time.


Accidental Disability Benefit


Unlike ordinary disability, accidental disability does not make use of the normal service retirement formula. The accidental benefit is based on two-thirds of an employee’s average final salary at the time of disability, regardless of the member’s age.


Early Retirement


If you retire early (age 60 with at least 15 years service), your monthly benefit will be equal to your pension benefit, reduced by 1/2% for each month you retire before age 65.


Survivor/Death Benefits


If you die after retirement, your benefit will be determined by the payment option you selected. If you die as a former employee eligible for a vested benefit, your contributions are paid in a lump sum to your designated beneficiary(ies) or estate. If you die before retirement, your designated beneficiary(ies) or estate will receive:
  • a lump-sum benefit equal to your contribution plus interest (is you contributed)
  • a lump sum equal to 100% of your salary if you had at least one year of service or died in the performance of duty.

Your surviving spouse may have a choice of selecting a monthly retirement benefit instead of the lump-sum payments described above, provided:

  • you were at least age 65 when you died, and you named your surviving spouse as your sole primary beneficiary,

OR

  • you had at least 25 years of eligibility service (regardless of age) when you die and you named your surviving spouse as your sole primary beneficiary,

OR

  • you were at least age 60 when you died, had 15 or more years of eligibility service, and named your surviving spouse as your sole primary beneficiary.

You may change beneficiaries at any time before retirement by
submitting the applicable change form to your Campus Benefits Counselor.


How Benefits Are Paid


You have several payment options from which to choose. You may choose to receive monthly payments throughout your lifetime with all benefits ending when you die. This option is called the basic allowance and provides the maximum monthly benefit for you alone. Under this option there is no beneficiary benefit. You may select an option that reduces your monthly benefit but provides varying degrees of protection for your beneficiary(ies). You may choose one of the following options:
  • Option 1 Provides a lower monthly benefit than the Basic Allowance, but guarantees monthly payments that equal the total of your retirement benefit=s Present Value. The Present Value of your benefit is figured at the time of your retirement. If you die before receiving monthly payments that add up to the Present Value, the remaining payments will be paid in a lump sum to your designated beneficiary or beneficiaries who remain alive. For state employees: Option 1 does not provide for continued beneficiary health coverage after your death.
  • Option 2 guarantees that at your death your entire monthly benefit will continue to be paid to your beneficiary for the remainder of their lifetime. Payments end upon the death of your beneficiary.
  • Option 3 guarantees upon your death that your beneficiary receives 50% of your monthly benefit for the remainder of their lifetime. Payment ends upon the death of your beneficiary.
  • Option 4 guarantees a return of your contributions with interest. If you die before receiving the full guaranteed amount, the remainder is paid in single lump sum to your beneficiary(ies).
  • Option 5 guarantees upon your death that your beneficiary receives your entire monthly benefit for their lifetime. However, if your beneficiary dies before you, your reduced benefit is increased to the amount you would have received if you elected your basic allowance.
  • Option 6 guarantees your surviving beneficiary a lifetime monthly benefit equal to 50% of your monthly benefit. However, if your beneficiary dies before you, your reduced benefit is increased to the amount you would have received if you elected your basic allowance.

Cost-of-Living Increases


When you retire under the SRPS program, you may receive an annual cost-of-living increase to your basic retirement benefit. The amount is based on increases in the average Consumer Price Index — All Urban Index as determined by the US. Department of Labor.Members of the Employees’ and Teachers’ Reform Contributory Pension System receive a compounded COLA, meaning that the increase is applied to the current allowance. However, your increase cannot exceed 2.5% per year when the System earns its assumed rate of return (currently 7.75%) or capped at 1% in years when the interest assumption is not met. You will receive your cost-of-living increase each July 1, provided you have been retired for at least one full year as of July 1.

Separation of Employment Prior to Vesting

Individuals who leave State or municipal employment have the option to withdraw their accumulated contributions from the SRPS and terminate their membership. Members who separate from employment with less than the required amount of eligibility service to be eligible for a future retirement benefit should strongly consider withdrawing their accumulated balance of employee contributions and interest from the System. Once the membership period ends for the member, interest is no longer earned on their balance of employee contributions remaining in the system.

Membership in the SRPS ends if the member:

  • Is separated from employment for more than four years
  • Withdraws his or her accumulated contributions, if any;
  • Becomes a retiree; or
  • Dies

A member may elect to withdraw his/her contributions from the system by submitting an Application for Withdrawal of Accumulated Contributions packet to the SRA. The refund will include all contributions and accumulated interest up to the date of payment.

General Info

Benefits Handbooks

Your primary source of retirement information is the Benefits Handbook. Each handbook is system specific, easy to read, with sample calculations and a glossary of terms.

Benefits Specialist

are employees of the Maryland State Retirement Agency committed to assisting you in understanding your retirement benefits via phones, one-on-one counseling, correspondence and seminars. Specialists are able to help you understand your benefits and option selections for all retirement and pension systems, types of retirement and survivor benefits.

Specialists can explain or replace your annual Personal Statement of Benefits (PSB), confirm your information on file such as enrollment date, address, service credit and retirement eligibility, and explain a recent estimate or service credit purchase invoice.

You can reach a specialist between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday by calling our main phone line.

Individual Counseling

If you need more personal attention, you should schedule an appointment to meet with a benefits specialist in our office. While we do accept walk-in appointments, we can give you much more efficient service if we know you're coming.

Our hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Schedule an appointment online, or call our main phone line and choose option 4 from the voice menu.

Write a Letter or E-mail

Our retirement specialists will respond in writing to your written correspondence about more complicated retirement questions. Please note our specialists will not provide specific account information by e-mail.

When you write, please be very specific about what information you need, including copies of any related documents. Don't forget to identify yourself by your full name, mailing address, and identification number listed on your PSB or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Also, provide a daytime telephone number in case we need to contact you for further clarification.

Send your email to Member Services and General Information or letter addressed to our correspondence unit to our agency address.

Pre-Retirement Seminars

We highly recommend our pre-retirement seminar if you're within eight years of retirement. Due to limited space, enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please download a registration form on this site.

Retirement Coordinators

Retirement Coordinators are not employees or agents of the Maryland State Retirement Agency, and therefore are not authorized to provide specific benefit information.

A Retirement Coordinator is a person your employer designated to serve as a liaison between your employer and the Agency.

They provide the Retirement Agency with information only available at your employing agency such as your work history, salary and unused sick leave balance. Coordinators can provide you with Retirement Agency literature about your retirement benefits and the necessary retirement forms needed to enroll, purchase or transfer service credit, retire, or update your retirement account. If you do not already know the name of your coordinator, please contact your personnel office to find out.

Members and retirees should call the Retirement Agency to speak to a Retirement Benefit Specialist when they have specific retirement benefit questions or need assistance.

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