Join NYCERS

Overview

Join NYCERS

NEW EMPLOYEES

Generally, NYCERS membership is open to all employees of the City of New York and Participating Employers except those who are eligible for membership in the Police or Fire Department pension fund, or the Teachers or Board of Education retirement system.

Download membership applications here, or read brochures and fact sheets for an overview of your benefits and obligations as a NYCERS member.

Fact Sheet 721

Top 10 Reasons to Join NYCERS Now
Fact Sheet #721

 
1.  PENSION – AN INVALUABLE BENEFIT

Private-sector pensions have all but disappeared. Take advantage of the now-rare opportunity to accrue time toward a pension – one of the most valuable benefits available to a City employee.

2.  LESS TAXABLE FEDERAL INCOME

Reduce your current federal income. Required contributions are made on a tax-deferred basis from federal income taxes.

3.  5% INTEREST

Your contributions grow at a 5% interest rate in order to help fund your benefit.

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Mandatory Membership vs. Voluntary Membership

Mandatory Membership

Membership in NYCERS is mandatory for all employees who are appointed and have completed six months in a permanent position in the competitive or labor class. Permanent employees may voluntarily join NYCERS during the first six months of employment. If they do not voluntarily join, membership will automatically be established after six months have lapsed.