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Calculate Your ASRS Contribution

Purpose of the Calculator

The Contribution Calculator is a tool both employees and Employers can use to determine the amount of contributions that would be required for each pay period for active employees who meet membership criteria. 
    • The employee can use the tool to identify the type of pay and the amount of pay from each pay period.
    • The employer can use the tool to identify the type of pay and verify the correct amount of contribution to be taken out of the employees pay each pay period to match and submit to the ASRS.

Disclaimer: The calculator is designed as a guide to estimate ASRS Member and Employer contributions only, and should not be used as a final determination of contributions owed to the ASRS.

How-to Use the Calculator


Step by Step Instructions

  1. Enter the employee’s Membership Date. The Membership Date would be the date the employee met ASRS eligibility to contribute to the Arizona State Retirement System. If you do not know the employee's Membership Date you can enter 'January 1st' of the year the Member began contributing to the ASRS.
  2. Enter the Pay Date you want to determine the correct contribution amount for the employee.
  3. Select the pay type. The second column will indicate if contribution should be taken out of the pay type in the first column.
  4. Enter the gross pay for the Pay Date. The ASRS contribution rate will be displayed for that fiscal year to the right.

 The corresponding contribution rate as well as the employee and employer contribution amounts are displayed based on the information you entered. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the membership date?

The Membership Date is the first day an employee meets ASRS Membership. For an employee to meet ASRS Membership, they have to be engaged to work at least 20 hours a week for at least 20 weeks in a fiscal year. For more information see New and Prospective Members.

What is a pay date?

The last day the employee is being paid in a pay period, as stated on the Member's pay stub. This is not the same date as the date the payment was physically received.

What do the different pay types mean?

These are the pay types and definitions recognized by the ASRS. Employers may use different labels, but all eligible compensation must be reported to the ASRS using these pay types. Members with questions about pay types listed on their pay stub should contact their employer directly before contacting the ASRS.

  • Base Pay/Leave Pay "Base pay” means the fixed gross amount paid to a member as salary or wages for services rendered to or for an employer, typically every two weeks or other consistent periodic basis, including amounts that are subject to deferred compensation or tax sheltered agreements or that would have been paid to a member except for the member’s election or a legal requirement that all or part of the gross amount be used for other purposes. For purposes of Arizona Revised Statutes §38‐711 (7), amounts paid in excess of compensation limits established in A. R. S. §38‐746 are not considered compensation for pension purposes. “Leave pay” means payments made by an employer to an employee in connection with an approved absence from work, whether in connection with an illness or injury, a vacation, the use of personal time or other time off. The employee can use the tool to identify the type of pay and the amount of pay from each pay period.
  • Overtime Pay means the additional amounts paid to a member as salary or wages whose employment position qualifies to receive such pay. Federal law requires that non‐exempt employees (see the Fair Labor Standards Act as amended) who work more than 40 hours in a work week, as designated by the employer, must be paid at a higher rate for the overtime hours worked, at a minimum of 1 ½ times the regular pay rate.
  • Leave of Absence Partial Pay means payments made by employer to an employee at an amount less than the employee’s regular salary or wages paid during an approved leave of absence.
  • Non Standard Pay means payments other than Base pay or any of the other defined pay types.
  • Balance of Contract Pay means the last payment of the fiscal year that represents the remaining portion/balance of the member’s salary or wages in accordance with the member’s written request with respect to the frequency (number of pay periods) over which the member wishes to receive that fiscal year’s contact salary.
  • Retroactive and Claim Resolution Pay “Retroactive pay” means payments made in a lump sum by an employer to an employee but which represent payments that would normally have been paid in connection with prior, separate pay periods but for a delay in granting a pay increase or other failure to timely pay amounts due to an employee. “Claim resolution pay” means payments designated as salary or wages and paid by an employer to an employee pursuant to court or administrative order, or by settlement, in connection with any grievance or claim filed by an employee.
  • Performance, Bonuses, Longevity, Stability Pay, and Employer paid Deferred Comp or tax sheltered plan “Performance pay” means “bonus pay” or other monetary awards paid by an employer to an employee to reward the employee for performance over a prior period of time, and which are typically paid annually. “Bonus pay” means compensation over and above the amount of pay specified as base pay or hourly rate of pay. Bonus pay may be distributed randomly or as specified by contract and is usually tied to achievement of a pre‐determined business objective within a specific time frame. “Longevity pay” means payments made by an employer to an employee that are typically paid annually and are based on the period of time that the employee was employed by the employer, but are not attributable to any specific pay period. “Stability pay” means payments made by an employer to an employee that are typically paid annually or at termination of employment, are based on the period of time that the employee was employed by the employer, and are attributable to specific pay periods or months of employment. “Employer paid Deferred Comp or tax sheltered plan” means payments made by an employer on behalf of an employee to a tax qualified deferred compensation plan. These payments were ruled ASRS compensation by the Arizona Supreme Court on March 23, 2017.
  • Termination Incentive means payment the employer provides to or on behalf of an employee that is conditioned on the employee’s termination from employment. Such pay is considered compensation for pension purposes only for employees hired before January 1, 1984.
  • Termination Pay means payments made by an employer to an employee, whether the payments are made in one payment or by installments over a period of time, and whether paid before, after, or both before and after termination, due to termination of employment, including 1) pay for accumulated vacation or annual leave, sick leave, or compensatory time, including payments spread over a period of months prior to termination but paid only on the employee’s representation that the employee will terminate on or before a date certain, 2) pay for an employee’s agreement to terminate employment, 3) any other form of payment made due to termination of employment. Such pay is considered compensation for pension purposes only for employees hired before January 1, 1984.

What if the pay types on my pay stub do not match the pay types listed here?

These are the pay types recognized by the ASRS. Because there are over 700 Employers who participate in the ASRS, the Employer may label the pay type differently. Additionally, not all compensation qualifies for ASRS contributions. It's best to talk directly to the HR or payroll department if you have questions regarding what is listed on an employee's pay stub.

What is gross pay?

The wages or compensation that is paid to a Member before any deductions have been taken from the pay.

How do I know that this contribution amount is correct?

This calculator uses the pay date that you entered to determine the applicable contribution rate. The contribution rate is used to calculate the contribution amount based on the gross pay entered. Contribution rates are approved each fiscal year by the ASRS Board of Trustees as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes. For information about the current contribution rates see Contribution Rates.

What is the ASRS Member Contribution Amount?

The amount of money that is contributed by the Member in a pay period that is sent to the ASRS for the Member's future pension benefits.

What is the ASRS Employer Contribution Amount?

The amount of money that is matched and contributed by the Employer for the Member's future pension benefits. This is equal to the amount contributed by the Member.

What's the difference between an employee and an ASRS Member?

While all ASRS Members are or were employees, not all employees are ASRS Members. Employees must meet eligibility in order to also be a Member of the ASRS. For more information about ASRS Membership eligibility see New and Prospective Members.

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