Working in a Non-Certificated Position for a PSRS-Covered K-12 Employer

Important Note: Newly enacted legislation has changed the limits on work performed in non-DESE-certificated positions by PSRS retirees working for covered public two-year (community) colleges, effective April 6, 2019. You can find more information on our News page.

As a PSRS retiree, you can work after retirement for a PSRS-covered K-12 school district/employer in any position that does not require a DESE-issued certificate. If you do, you are limited to earning a maximum of $15,000 each school year (July 1 - June 30). There is no limit on the hours you can work in such a position.

The $15,000 per school year limit is determined by Missouri law and is 60% of the minimum teacher’s salary, which is currently set by Missouri law at $25,000.

If you retire in a month other than July, the limit is 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 the salary limit, you will continue to receive your PSRS benefits. If you exceed any limit that applies to you, your benefits will stop. In order for your benefits to resume, you must end all work that counts toward the limit you exceeded. You will be required to reimburse PSRS for all retirement benefits paid while ineligible, including funds in a PLSO distribution, and pay contributions that would have been required.

$15,000 Salary Limit

  • This limit applies to all employment in non-certificated positions for any PSRS-covered employer.
  • If you fill more than one non-certificated position at covered employers, your total salary limit is still $15,000.
  • Insurance benefits paid for you by your employer, payouts for unused leave, and any other payments or incentives are included in salary and count toward the salary limit.

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