University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS)

Civil Service and non-faculty labor represented employees are covered by the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) in the General Plan. Participation is mandatory and begins from the first day of employment — there is no waiting period.

Retirement deductions are 5.5% of total salary (effective July 2014) and are paid into the General Plan. This money is credited to the employee's individual MSRS account and is tax sheltered from both federal and state income tax. The employer contribution — 5.5% of total salary (effective July 2014) — is not credited to individual accounts. It is used to help pay the monthly annuities and benefits received from the General Plan. Rates are subject to change by the Legislature.

You earn service credit for each month retirement deductions are withheld from your salary. Retirement benefits are based on years and months of service.