Classroom Commitment

Pensions Earned After Long Careers

As the chart below shows, 54% of those receiving a NYSTRS benefit work an average of 31.5 years or more to earn it. (Click chart to expand.)

The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS)  is one of the 10 largest public pension funds in the nation and among the best-funded teacher systems.
  • 426,173
    total members
  • 267,715
    active members
  • 158,458
    retired members and beneficiaries
  • 85%
    income from investment returns
  • 8.9%
    25-year rate of return on investments
  • $6.5
    billion in annual benefits paid
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