NYU Contributions

The compensation eligible for calculating the NYU matching and non-elective contributions to the NYU Retirement Plan is your base salary only.

Note: For faculty, base salary includes salary for primary position, plus compensation for any titled administrative assignment, and summer compensation paid up to 3/9 of faculty base salary. (See Faculty benefits.)

Employee Contributions

The compensation eligible for calculating an employee contribution to the NYU Retirement Plan is your total cash compensation for the pay period. Your total cash compensation includes:

  • base salary,
  • additional compensation for teaching,
  • activity pay,
  • overtime pay,
  • cash bonuses,
  • summer compensation, and
  • any additional compensation for academic and administrative duties performed.

Note that your employee contribution election does not apply to any imputed income, allowances, subsidies, stipends, or other amounts that you did not earn for services performed.

Additional Compensation Will Increase Your Employee Contributions

If you receive any form of additional compensation, your employee contribution will increase on a per paycheck basis. As shown in the chart below, the employee contribution increases due to additional compensation being included in eligible compensation for calculating the employee contribution.

How to Enroll / Manage Your Account

Login to NYU Home and select Go on the NYU Retirement Plans card or login to TIAA.org/nyu to manage your employee contribution amount, investments, and beneficiary information. If you need help accessing or navigating the retirement site, contact the NYU Retirement Plans Helpline at 844-NYU-TIAA (844-698-8422).

Learn more about the Roth contribution option (PDF: 987 KB).


Example of Additional Compensation  
Employee contribution election 5%
Pay period base salary / academic pay $10,000
Pay period additional compensation $1,500
Total pay period compensation $11,500
Results in Employee contribution (based on total cash compensation) of $575
Results in NYU Non-elective contribution (based on base salary / academic pay) of $500
Results in NYU Matching contribution (based on base salary / academic pay) of $500
Total NYU and Employee Contributions $1,575

Eligible Compensation FAQs

Three options for your contributions:

Elect an employee contribution based on a percentage of pay, flat dollar amount, or maximum amount (to contribute up to the IRS limit).