Earnings Limit

KPERS Earnings Limit

As a KPERS member, you have a $20,000-per-year earnings limit if:

  • You retired on or after July 1, 1988, and
  • You go to work for an employer you worked for during your last two years of KPERS participation. The State of Kansas is considered one employer.

KP&F Earning Limit

As a KP&F member, you have a $15,000-per-year earnings limit if:

  • You retired on or after July 1, 1994, and
  • You go to work for an employer you worked for during your last two years of KP&F participation.
IMPORTANT:

If you go back to work for a different employer - one you didn't work for during the last two years of your Retirement System participation - you do not have an earnings limit. Your employment does not affect your benefits.

Did You Really Change Employers?

The State of Kansas is considered one employer. State agencies, boards, commissions and Board of Regents institutions are all part of the State of Kansas. Going from one to another is not considered changing employers. Moving from a KPERS to a KP&F position, or vice versa, is considered a change and you would not have an earnings limit.

Every school district is a different employer. If you retired from a school district, you can go to work for a different school district with no earnings limit as long as you did not work there during your last two years of KPERS participation. (No earnings limit for "daily call" K-12 substitute teachers.)

How the Limit Works

If you reach the earnings limit, you have two choices.
Choice #1: End employment for the rest of the calendar year. Continue to receive your retirement benefits.

Choice #2: Continue working and your retirement benefits will stop for the rest of teh calendar year. Benefits will begin again in January the following year or if you end employment, whichever happens first.

Exceptions to the Earning Limit:

Some licensed nurses, legislative positions, and licensed school personnel may be exempt. Please see your designated agent

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Waiting Period

Waiting Period (KPERS, Correctional KPERS and KP&F)

Kansas law requires a 60-day waiting period for retiring KPERS members and a 30-day waiting period for retiring KP&F members before returning to work for any Retirement System employer. Your retirement date is not your last day at your employer. It is usually the first day of the month following your last day on payroll. To calculate the waiting period, count the day after your retirement date as day one.

KPERS 60-Day Example
If your retirement date is July 1, July 2 is day one and you cannot begin employment with any Retirement System employer until September 1.

KP&F 30-Day Example
If your retirement date is July 1, July 2 is day one and you cannot begin employment with any Retirement System employer until August 1.

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Judges

Judges do not have waiting period before they can return to work. District magistrate judges cannot return to work
in Senior Judges Service. Other retired judges have three options for returning to judicial service.

  1. You may enter into a two-year contract to return to temporary judicial duties for up to 104 days a year at 25 percent of your current salary. This agreement may be renewed for up to 12 years. You will continue to receive your retirement benefit, but you will not be an active, contributing member of the Retirement System for Judges.
  1. You may accept assignments from the Kansas Supreme Court to perform judicial services. You are paid on
    a daily basis (per diem) and also receive compensation for subsistence, mileage and expenses. There is an annual earnings limit on per diem compensation. You will continue receiving your retirement benefit, but you will not be an active, contributing member of the Retirement System.
  1. If you are elected again or appointed as a judge, your retirement benefits will stop. You will resume active membership and earn additional service credit. When you retire again, your retirement benefit is recalculated.
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