The State of Texas provides additional compensation to employee with at least two years of State service. Eligible employees are paid $20/month for every two years of service up to and including 42 years of service.
An employee’s status at the beginning of a month determines the longevity pay for that month.
All full-time non-academic employees, excluding law enforcement personnel, receive longevity pay. Full-time is defined as 40 hours per week. Non-academic is defined as:
1. An employee whose appointment is within the classified titles
2. An employee who has an administrative and professional appointment without regular teaching assignments.
Minimum Service Requirements
Upon completion of 24 months of service, longevity pay commences on the first day of the next month. An employee hired on 9/1 of any given year completes 24 months of service on 8/31, two years later. Longevity payments commence the first day of the next month, 9/1. Accordingly, an employee hired on 9/18 of any given year completes two years of service on 9/17, two years later. Longevity pay commences the first day of the next month, 10/1.
Transferred Employee Eligible for Longevity
An institution or agency employing an individual on the first day of the month will be responsible for longevity pay.
Recognized State Service
State service recognizes all service to the State including part-time, faculty, student employment, and legislative service.
Longevity is included as part of an employee’s total compensation. It affects federal withholding, OASI, benefit calculations and retirement contributions. Longevity is paid from the same source of funds as an employee’s salary.
Lump Sum Payments Calculations
Longevity may not be considered in making calculations for lump sum vacation payments upon termination. It shall, however, be used in making calculations for lump sum payments of vacation and sick leave to the estate of a deceased employee.
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Last Updated: February 24, 2012