Working in a DESE-Certificated Position for a PSRS-Covered Employer

As a PSRS retiree, you can work on a part-time basis or as a temporary-substitute for a PSRS-covered employer in any position that requires a DESE-issued certificate with the following limits.

  • You can work for a maximum of 550 hours each school year (July 1 - June 30).
  • Within the 550 hours, you can earn up to 50% of the annual compensation payable under the employer’s salary schedule for the position or positions, given your level of work experience and education.

If you retire in a month other than July, the 550-hour and 50% salary limits are pro-rated (lower) during the first school year after retirement. You will receive a letter containing your personal limits when you return to work as a retiree.

As long as you do not exceed either the hourly or salary limit, and do not become a full-time, regular employee, you will continue to receive your PSRS benefits.

Post-Retirement Work Limits for Certificated Positions
550-Hour Limit50% Salary Limit

All certificated employment with PSRS-covered employers (and third-party providers) counts toward the 550-hour limit, including:

Hours that you volunteer while working in a paid, certificated position for the same employer with duties that are not significantly different

This limit is determined by your employer and based on the annual compensation payable under the employer’s salary schedule for the position or positions, given your level of work experience and education.
  • If you fill more than one position, the 50% salary limit is based on the annual salary of the highest paid position in which you work for at least 20% of your total hours during the year.
  • Insurance benefits paid for you by your employer, as well as any other payments or incentives are included in salary and count toward the salary limit.

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