illustration nest eggERS is in the process of updating retirement webpages with Group 4 details. In the meantime, find more information about the Group 4 cash balance retirement benefit for employees starting on or after Sept. 1, 2022.

State Employees Account for Active Employees


Regular State Employee hired before September 1, 2009

This retirement information is based on current ERS laws and rules.

If you previously worked at a state agency, left employment and withdrew your ERS retirement account balance, you no longer have those years of service credit in your account. They will not count toward your service credit at retirement.

Important notice about insurance: Health and other insurance benefits for employees and retirees are subject to change based on available funding from the state. The Texas Legislature determines the level of funding for such benefits and has no continuing obligation to provide those benefits beyond each fiscal year.

Group 1—Regular state agency employee who started before Sept. 1, 2009

 

Lifetime Annuity  Heatlh Insurance Optional Insurance
Minimum Years of Service 5 years 10 years 10 years
Minimum Age
or 
Rule of 80 (when your age in years and months + years and month of service credit  = 80)
60 years
or
Rule of 80
60 years or Rule of 80, if retiring directly from state service

65, if retiring after leaving state service
60 years
or
Rule of 80

**Optional benefits available at retirement and health insurance available at age 65

Group 2—Regular state agency employee who started Sept. 1, 2009 - Aug. 31, 2013

 

Lifetime Annuity Heatlh Insurance Optional Insurance
Minimum Years of Service 10 years 10 years 10 years
Minimum Age
or
Rule of 80 (when your age in years and months + years and month of service credit = 80)
60 years for no age-based reduction*
or
Younger than 60 with Rule of 80, with age-based reduction*
65 years or Rule of 80, if retiring directly from state service 65 years
or
65 years or Rule of 80, if retiring after leaving state service
65 years
or
Rule of 80

*Group 2 members who retire before age 60 will have a permanent annuity reduction of 5% for each year under age 60 they are at retirement. The reduction is capped at 25%.
For example:

  • A Group 2 member who meets the Rule of 80 at age 57 and chooses to retire then will have a 15% permanent reduction in their annuity.
  • A Group 2 member who meets the Rule of 80 at age 54 and chooses to retire then will have a 25% permanent reduction in their annuity.

Group 3—Regular state agency employee who started Sept. 1, 2013 - Aug. 31, 2022

  Lifetime Annuity Health Insurance Optional Insurance
Minimum Years of Service 10 years 10 years 10 years
Minimum Age
or
Rule of 80 (when your age in years and months + years and months of service credit = 80)

62 years for no age-based reduction*
or
Younger than 60 with Rule of 80, with age-based reduction*

65 years or Rule of 80, if retiring directly from state service
 
65 years or Rule of 80, if retiring after leaving state service
65 years
or
Rule of 80

*Group 3 members who retire before age 62 will have a permanent annuity reduction of 5% for each year under age 62 they are at retirement. The reduction is not capped.
For example:

  • A Group 3 member who meets the Rule of 80 at age 59 and chooses to retire then will have a 15% permanent reduction in their annuity.
  • A Group 3 member who meets the Rule of 80 at age 56 and chooses to retire then will have a 30% permanent reduction in their annuity.

Group 4—Regular state agency employee who started on or after Sept. 1, 2022

 

Lifetime Annuity Health Insurance Optional Insurance
Minimum Years of Service 5 years 10 years 10 years
Minimum Age
or
Rule of 80 (when your age in years and months + years and month of service credit = 80)
65 years
or
Rule of 80
65 years
or
Rule of 80
65 years
or
Rule of 80

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