CSR | Retired Annuitant Work Program

The annuitant work program is used by many state departments to fill their part-time work needs. These departments seek out retired state employees because of their various skills and expertise. The state retiree is hired on an hourly basis and can work for a state agency up to a maximum of 960 hours in a fiscal year without affecting his or her retirement allowance.

You must be a member of California State Retirees. Biannually (November and May) the California State Retiree newspaper publishes an application to be filled out by retirees who desire to enter the program. If your application is received in November or December, your name is put on the annuitant work list for one full year. If your application is received in May or June it will be good June through December only. Regardless, you must re-apply every November to remain on the list.

The annuitant work list is circulated to over 500 addresses throughout nearly all state departments. You do not have to be a member of CSEA to work for the state, but you do have to be a member to take advantage of this program list.

Please read the Retired Annuitant brochure for all rules and regulations on the Retired Annuitant Work Program.

How does it work?

  • Retirees can get a temporary job with the state
  • When you fill out the application, your information will be sent by California State Retirees to all state departments
  • Departments that are interested in hiring will contact you

How do I proceed?

Please note: Retirees must wait 180 days after their retirement date to begin working as a Retired Annuitant. Retired Annuitants must not work more than 960 hours during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). The employer must report the pay rate and hours worked to CalPERS, and the Retired Annuitant shares the responsibility for an employer to properly relay this information to CalPERS. Click here for a full list of rules and requirements.