Retire Ready Tennessee

for Teachers

As a public-school educator in Tennessee, one of your most valuable benefits is your comprehensive retirement plan

RetireReadyTN: Combined strengths for Tennessee teachers

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RetireReadyTN is the state’s retirement program, combining the strengths of:

  • One of the nation's strongest defined benefit plans, provided by the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS)
  • A 401(k) plan through services provided by Empower Retirement
  • Retirement readiness education

As a public-school teacher in Tennessee, you have unique retirement plan options available to you.

Get to know your unique retirement plan

Your defined benefit plan

The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS), provides lifetime retirement, survivor and disability benefits for teachers and their beneficiaries.

Recognized as one of the best managed defined benefit plans in the country, TCRS provides lifetime retirement, survivor and disability benefits for teachers and their beneficiaries. After a five-year vesting period, a teacher becomes eligible to receive a monthly benefit at retirement once the age or service requirement is met. The benefit is calculated by the teacher’s years of service and salary. The benefit provided by TCRS is a solid foundation for building a retirement future.

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A strong foundation. Peace of mind for your retirement future.

Your Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) is recognized as one of the top 5 strongest pension funds in the United States by Standard & Poor's (S&P).

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Your 401(k)

The 401(k) plan lets you take control of your retirement by investing in fund options of your choice.

You are immediately vested in the 401(k) and can decide how your money should be invested given your individual goals, risk tolerance, and timeline. The amount you receive from your 401(k) account in retirement is based on how much you save, plus any accumulated earnings from your investments.

View 401(k) plan highlights Enroll in the 401(k) plan Login to your 401(k) account

Did you know?

You may spend 20 to 30 years — or more — in retirement. That’s great, but you want to make sure your savings last that long, too. And don’t forget that things will cost more in the future. If inflation averages 3% per year, groceries that cost $50 today will cost more than $120 in 30 years.

Check your retirement dashboard

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Your retirement contributions

Depending on your date of hire, you are enrolled in either the Hybrid Plan or the Legacy Plan.

Hybrid plan (for employees hired on or after July 1, 2014)

Your retirement is funded by contributions from both the State of Tennessee and you, the member. The State makes a contribution equal to 4% of your salary into TCRS and 5% into your 401(k).

You, the member, contribute 5% to TCRS and 2% to the 401(k) plan. Your contributions to the 401(k) plan may be made on a pre-tax or after tax (Roth) basis, meaning you can choose whether the money will be taxed now or in retirement. The State of Tennessee provides a retirement plan that gives you an excellent start towards securing a successful financial future.

Employer contributions Member contributions Total contributions
TCRS 4%* 5% 9%
401(k) 5% 2%** 7%
TOTAL 9% 7% 16%

* These employer contributions fund the future monthly retirement benefits for you and all other employees of the State, and are not refundable to the State or the member. ** Your contribution to the 401(k) plan may be modified at any time, including a 90 day window to opt out of the 2%. Contributions are subject to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) limitations, $18,500 for 2018.

Legacy plan (for employees hired before July 1, 2014)

Teachers hired prior to July 1, 2014 are in the Legacy Plan, and are contributory at 5% of gross salary to their defined benefit (TCRS) plan. Your member contributions to the 401(k) plan may be made on a pre-tax or after tax (Roth) basis, meaning you can choose whether the money will be taxed now or in retirement.

Take charge of your retirement by enrolling in the 401(k) plan

Learn to incorporate financial literacy in your classroom

The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission offers three financial education resources FREE to Tennessee educators (grades K-8):

  • One-day Training Summits in the nationally-recognized Financial Fitness for Life® curriculum developed by the Council for Economic Education
  • Quick access to the Vault-Understanding Money online interactive platform
  • In-Service Trainings provide schools and districts with the My Classroom Economy behavioral management program

Discover financial education resources for Teachers

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Access quick resources

With RetireReadyTN, you have all the resources you need to manage and optimize your retirement planning.

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Do you know who your beneficiary is?

Check your beneficiaries

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Meet your local representative

Find your local representative

Questions? Contact us today!

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Contact Us

Have questions about your retirement account? We're here to help!

(800) 922.7772 (Main line)

(800) 766.4952 (TDD)

Mailing Address

Andrew Jackson Building, 15th Floor
502 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN  37243-0201

Deferred Compensation Program
Empower Retirement
545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 407
Nashville, TN  37228