Archived Poll July 2016

Working After Retirement

Will working after retirement affect your CalSTRS retirement benefit?


Selection Votes Percentage
Yes 74 23.1
No 102 31.9
Maybe 144 45.0

If you chose “Maybe,” you’re right!

CalSTRS-Covered Employment

If you return to work after retirement in a CalSTRS-covered position, including substitute teaching, as an employee of a public school system, an independent contractor or an employee of a third party, you’re subject to restrictions under state and federal law, including a separation-from-service requirement and a postretirement earnings limit.

Other Employment

You can continue to receive your full CalSTRS retirement benefit, with no earnings limitations, if you take a job outside of CalSTRS-covered employment. This includes, but is not limited to, work in:

  • Private industry outside the California public school system.
  • Private schools.
  • Public schools outside of California.
  • The University of California or California State University system.
  • Certain California Public Employees Retirement System covered positions.

Detailed information about working for employers not covered by CalSTRS can be found in:

Learn more about working after retirement.

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