Assumes 8.5% Return Compounded per TRS Actuarial Assumption.
Assumes Starting Salary 34 Years Ago was $12,000 Increasing at 6.5%/yr
(Teacher Retirement System Assumes 6.5%).
Annual Salaries Years 28 to 34 Are From Il. Dept. Education Electronic
“Cash Value of Pension At Retirement” = Prepaid Annuity Female, 56, Indexed
for Inflation, Life Only (no Survivor Benefits).
Beginning Pension = sum of 4 highest Years, divided by 4 ,multiplied by 75%
Cash Value of Pension at Retirement = Cost of Prepaid Annuity Providing
$83,775/yr for Life = 1,954,161.
Cash Value of Pension at Retirement If Teacher Pays 8.4% of Salary, Taxpayer
Pays 31% of Salary = 1,971,142.
NOTE: Teachers pay 9.4% but 1 % is for survivor benefits which is not
included in the PrePaid Annuity.
NOTE: Teacher Contribution Rate was 7% prior to 1998 so these results are
conservative since they assume 8.4% for all 34 years.
Example From District 300 Teacher Who Retired in 2005.
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