ERS Georgia State Employees' Pension and Savings Plan (GSEPS)
GSEPS Enhancement Update 2022
Effective July 1, 2022
Exciting enhancements were added to the Georgia State Employees’ Pension and Savings Plan (GSEPS)!
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ERS members hired on and after January 1, 2009 will be automatically enrolled in the new GSEPS Plan. Employees hired prior to January 1, 2009 maintain their membership in either the ERS New or Old plan.
What is GSEPS?
GSEPS is a combination Defined Benefit (pension) and 401(k) plan.
GSEPS is a combination of a defined benefit, or pension plan, with an employer-matching defined contribution (401k) plan. Contributions are as follows:
GSEPS members are required to contribute 1.25% of their earnable compensation to the plan.
- All contributions are deposited to the member’s annuity savings plan.
- GSEPS members are not eligible for Group Term Life Insurance.
PSR 401(k) Contributions
Currently, new members are automatically enrolled at a 5% contribution rate, allowing for the maximum employer match to be contributed to the member’s account. How much you contribute to your 401(k) determines how much your employer contributes on your behalf.
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- You may increase or decrease your 401(k) contribution rate at any time.
- The employer match portion of your 401(k) balance is subject to a 5-year vesting schedule. You vest 20% of the employer match for each completed year of service in a GSEPS-eligible position.
PSR 401(k) Plan
Provides State matching up to 5% with member contributing 5%, under the Peach State Reserves 401(k) Plan.
- Your state employer will match your contribution dollar per dollar, up to 5% of pay. Members saving 5% or more receive a full 5% match. This is a 2% increase from the previous 3% match.
- GSEPS members with at least six years of service, and who are contributing at least 5%, will get an additional half percent Employer match for every full year of service in excess of five years, up to a maximum match of 9%.
- The employer match portion of the member’s 401(k) balance is subject to a 5-year vesting schedule. A member vests 20% of the employer match for each completed year of service in a GSEPS-eligible position.
During the 2008 Georgia Legislative Session, the legislature passed Senate Bill 328, which provided for a new retirement plan for state employees hired on and after January 1, 2009.
There are three different types of Service Retirement in the ERS pension plan:
- at least age 60 and a minimum of 10 years of creditable service
- at least 30 years of creditable service
Certain Law Enforcement Positions:
- at least age 55
- a minimum of 10 years of creditable service
- Under age 60
- At least 25 years of creditable service but not yet 30 years of service
- Retiree benefit is reduced at a rate of 7% for every year the retiree is under age 60 or every year the retiree has less than 30 years. ERS will use the lesser reduction to calculate the benefit.
Terminated Vested Retirement
A member terminating after attaining at least 10 years of service but prior to age 60, will be able to start drawing retirement benefits at age 60.
A member should contact ERSGA within 90 days of their 60th birthday for more details.
Retirement Benefit Calculation Formula
To calculate the Maximum Plan Benefit for a normal retirement, ERS GSEPS Plan uses the following formula:
Formula Salary x
1% Benefit Formula Factor x
Creditable Service =
Maximum Plan Benefit
Please see the ERS Handbook for calculation examples. You may also log in to your ERSGA account to run a benefit estimate at any time.
PSR 401(k) Plan
Your 401(k) benefit depends on the contributions you and your employer have made over the years, and the investment returns earned. At retirement you may:
- start withdrawals from your 401(k), including setting up a monthly withdrawal
- choose a lump sum withdrawal or rollover
- continue to invest your 401(k) until you need it at a later date
Pension and fully-matched 401(k) Plans Combined
30 years of service = approximately 59% of salary* (annuitized). With pension, 401(k), and Social Security benefits, total benefits could provide 90% or more of final salary.*Assumes annual employee 401(k) contribution of 5%, average annual 401(k) investment return of 6% over 30 years, annual salary increase of 3.75% and retirement at age 60 with 30 years of service.