Sunday, February 12, 2017

What Is The Average NYC Educator Pension Last Year?



























The average educator pension for all New York City retirees in 2016 was $43,701.  Not bad but not a windfall by any means.   However, if you read the Daily News headline, the newspaper makes it seem that the average pension for educators is $88,000.  Of course, inside the article you find out that their definition of "average" is much different than everybody else s.

It turns out the Daily News average salary is based upon educators (including Assistant Principals and Principals) who retired in 2015 with 30 or more years experience, not the average of all educators who retired in 2015.  Deceiving?  I certainly think it is.

Obviously, this is the newspaper's opening salvo on educator pensions as the Constitutional Convention is discussed and this may be one of the issues brought up.  Once again the Daily News is practicing questionable journalism in their quest to demonize teachers and their benefits.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Honestly- that figure seems low. One of my co-workers was told at a pension consult that she'll collect $67,500- she'll have 25 years at age 60 (a lot of her time transferred over from another city agency). Another (who will have 30 years at 55) was told $70K. All I can assume is that a lot of people are escaping the system early.

NYC Educator said...

Thanks very much for writing this. I knew that number sounded fishy.

Chaz said...

Not everybody lasts 25 to 30 years. Many leave after 20 as they can't wait to leave.

Lion Hearted Educator said...

I will probably leave after 6 years of teaching. It's not voluntarily but because of Politics and the misuse of the Danielson Rubric.

waitingforsupport said...

I am leaving at 56/20 yrs and was told by a consultant that I will get about $36,500. Federal tax only...I don't give a damn I'm out. Im no longer an educator--Im a victim of work place bullying. I wish l could hang on to meet the 25 year requirement but my sanity is worth more than some dollars.

Chaz said...

I'm afraid the consultant is wrong. If you take a pension at 56, you are subject to an age correction factor of 0.73 and your pension would probably be more like $28,000

waitingforsupport said...

I will take that too...maybe i should get out of the 55/25 program. You know it's whatever...I'm leaving because there are no allies at my school only moles,other bullied and the warnouters

waitingforsupport said...

$2,300 a month fed tax no kids nice TDA...peace of mind #keptmysanity...I'll take it.

Anonymous said...

Chaz, the reduction at age 56 is 24% so it would be .76. Please stop giving pension advise and refer people to the UFT pension consultants at their local borough office

Anonymous said...

is there any pension if i leave after 10 years at age 36? or 15 years of service at age41? Thank you for any input or advice.

Anonymous said...

The Daily News and the NY Post deal in what is referred today as 'fake news'.

Chaz said...

Anon 7:10

You are correct at 56 the age reduction factor is 0.76 and is reduced by 24%. However, that was a simple and minor mistake on my part. Unfortunately, the UFT fails to reach out to their members and my blog provides valuable information that the union does not seem to think are important. Your suggestion is noted and thrown in the trash where it belongs.

Finally, many members do not have the time to go to the Borough Office after school to have a meeting with a pension consultant. Did you ever think of that?

Anonymous said...

Hi Chaz,

If I have 30 yrs at age 52 [I am Tier 4] and retire, will I get full unreduced pension when I turn 55? I can support myself through other means from 52-55. Or do I somehow get punished for retiring at 52 even if I don't collect pension until I am 55?

What is your understanding on this I would appreciate your response!

Anonymous said...

But there are hundreds of cases with retired NYC teachers-not supervisors--that are in Tier 1--and they retired within the last 10 years--they are collecting well over 100kin pension. Although, that is not the norm, they did play by the rules of Tier 1 and people do deserve an adequate pension, it's still not good for public relations--when any public employee earns a pension that is significantly more than their last earned annual salary.

Chaz said...

Anon 6:11

Yes, you can wait till your 55 and get a full pension and retiree health benefits.

waitingforsupport said...

How can I sign out of the 55/25 program? Better question "should i sign out of the program if I retire before i put in 25 years? I heard a letter was sent out to members in January offering them the option to get out of the program . Anyone know about these questions? Please any insight will be appreciated

Anonymous said...

Let's hope they do not target you. They really are doing everything so teachers do not stay long.

Anonymous said...

To Chaz at 413Pm. You have given out other erroneous pension advice in the past, like talking about a non existent Tier 5 for NYC teachers. Your comparison of Tier 6 to Tier 4 used faulty FAS.

Unless you are a trained pension consultant, you should not be giving out advice. I find that hard to believe that people cant give up one afternoon in a year to have a consultation.

Members can also call any borough office and leave a message. Since we work all day in school buildings and then come to the office, once we are done serving our members with appointments, we return those phone calls. We also have consultants available at UFT central from 10 -6 everyday to help our members.

You are a very bright individual with some very strong concerns, and I respect that. I just don't want you leading people into poor decisions that might affect the rest of thier lives when it comes to their retirement. Thank you for lettimg me respond

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones after reading all these terrifying comments. My situation is 6 more years till I hit 55. I started young so I will have 32 years at 55. Also with the new contract maxing out next June, I will make three consecutive years at 120K. Throw my per session on top and I'm looking at about 63% of 140K at that point. $85,000.00 pension I shall take it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Chaz, as the previous commenter mentioned , is there any pension at all for someone who's worked 15 years and who's 44 years of age? I'd really like to know this information as well.

Anonymous said...

Chaz, if you worked for another city in NY as a government employee at their city hall for say 3 years, would you be able to teach in the DOE for 27 years and still have a full 30? It counted towards me getting vested 3 years early, so I stopped paying into retirement after 7 years at the DOE. Does that mean the time automatically counts or do I need to do some sort of buyback? Thanks!

chris sullivan said...

Chaz don't stop posting about pensions and retirement. Explaining to all of us on how it all works . I can tell you personally most Uft members in my school are clueless to what they get or penalized . When I started reading your blog , I got educated on it all . I thank you .
Sully

retired teacher said...

to anon7:10 pm - the UFT provides pension speakers who will come to a school and do a short presentation and then they usually sit and answer questions. A principal can't prevent it.

You folks saying that the only deduction is Federal tax need to keep in mind that you have to pay for your medical plan if you choose to stay with what you have. Plus the UFT handles prescriptions, dental and eyeglasses so you need to stay as a member and pay retiree dues. Of course you can get any coverage from any provider you like.

Chaz said...

Anon 9:37

No Tier V for teachers? Really now. Read this.

http://assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20091202c/

My FAS comparison is not faulty.

Chaz said...

Anon 8:29

If you were part of the Employees Retirement System then the answer is yes. If not, the answer is no. However, to be fair it might be to your benefit to contact TRS and ask them for a written determination.

Anon 12:37

No pension until you turn 55 years of age.

Anonymous said...

Chaz, thanks for all you do!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Chaz, your great!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Chaz! I have learned so much from your blog posts!