Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) employees must participate in one of several different retirement savings options offered by the State of Georgia, based on several factors. These factors include the length of time in service to the State or in a local school system, start date, among others. More information about available retirement savings options is discussed with new employees in employment orientation. The Employees Retirement System of Georgia (ERS) is one of the options available to employees.
The Employees Retirement System of Georgia (ERS) administers separate and distinct cost-sharing, multiple employer defined benefit pension plans for various employer agencies of the State of Georgia, as well as a defined contribution plan and a life insurance plan, as follows:
Defined Benefit Plans
- Employees Retirement System of Georgia
- Public School Employees Retirement System
- Legislative Retirement System
- Georgia Judicial Retirement System
- Georgia Military Pension Fund
- Superior Court Judges Retirement Fund
- District Attorneys Retirement Fund
Defined Contribution Plan
- Georgia Defined Contribution Plan
Life Insurance Plan
- State Employees Assurance Department
The mission of ERS is to be the guardian of the retirement systems it administers for the ultimate benefit of the members, retirees and beneficiaries of those systems. This mission is accomplished through ERS’ core responsibilities which include pension administration; the collection, reconciliation and disbursement of contributions for the welfare of the members, retirees and beneficiaries of the plans; and the sound and secure investment of the retirement funds.
In order to accomplish its mission, ERS receives leadership and support from the Boards of Trustees of each of the retirement systems. Many thanks are extended to the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, members of the House and Senate Retirement Committees and their staffs, members of the House of Representatives and Senate, and the department officials whose support and assistance have helped ERS accomplish its mission over the years. With continuing dedication and support from all of these aforementioned people and our staff, we represent to our members, retirees, beneficiaries and the general public, the continuing efforts of ERS to properly administer the responsibilities of the retirement systems.
Access the Employees Retirement System of Georgia (ERSGA) website for detailed information regarding the ERS plan options.