Retirement and Retention


This page contains statistics related to the retirement and retention of Fulton County employees.  All information on this page comes from the Human Resources Information System (aka AMS/InfoAdvantage).

Note on determination of eligibility
There are two different retirement plans: the pension and the 401(a). To be on the pension plan, the employee must have been hired by Fulton County before 07/01/1999. All employees hired on or after that date are on the 401(a) plan. Employees originally on the pension plan were given the option of switching to the 401(a) plan.  When referring to eligibility, for employees on the pension plan, they become eligible for retirement, while 401(a) employees become eligible for ancillary benefits. To determine an employee's eligibility, first their retirement plan was accounted for, and then the date at which they would become eligible was calculated for each method of eligibility. The earliest date was then chosen as their date of eligibility. 
Defined Benefit Pension Plan (Closed in 1999)
  • Employee is at least 55 years of age, with at least 25 years of service with Fulton County, OR
  • Employee is at least 60 years of age, with at least 15 years of service with Fulton County. OR
  • Employee is at least 65 years of age, with at least 10 years of service with Fulton County. OR
  • Employee's combined age and years of service is at least 79.
401(a)
  • Employee is at least 65 years of age, with at least 10 years of creditable service.
  • Employee is at least 60 years of age, with at least 15 years of creditable service.
  • Employee's combined age and years of creditable service equals at least 80, with at least 10 years of Fulton County eligible service, and the employee is at least 60 years of age.

Number of Active Employees by Retirement Plan
Number of Pension Employees Currently and Soon Eligible for Retirement
Number of 401A Employees Currently and Soon Eligible for Ancillary Benefits


Number of Employees Currently Eligible by Department and Retirement Plan
The chart below shows the number of employees who are currently eligible to retire or for ancillary benefits categorized by department and segmented by retirement plan type. 
Number of Employees Newly Eligible in the Next 12 Months by Department and Retirement Plan
Years Worked after Reaching Retirement Eligibility, Pension Plan
This chart shows the number years employees on the pension plan have continued working after becoming eligible for retirement.  The chart is based on employees who have retired since 2010.
Years Worked after Becoming Eligible for Ancillary Benefits
This chart shows the number years employees on the 401(a) plan have continued working after becoming eligible for ancillary benefits.  The chart is based on employees who have left Fulton County since 2010.
Age at Time of Resignation or Termination
This chart shows the distribution of ages of employees at the time or their resignation or termination over the last 5 years.  Use the filter to change the time period or to select a specific retirement plan.


Number of Eligible Employees by Retirement Plan


List of Employees Eligible
The table below can be filtered by department to find out which specific employees are currently eligible to retire or for ancillary benefits, and which will be eligible 12 months from now, as well as filtered by retirement plan (either 401(a) or Pension). 

Fulton County Retention Rates

The two charts below show the retention rates in the Fulton County Government. Retention rate is calculated by quarter, by finding the number of employees that retired in that quarter divided by the total number of employees that had been active during the same quarter. To compare, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists total retention rates for other U.S. industries:

Federal government:
  • 2015: 86.1%
  • 2016: 86.7%
  • 2017: 85.7%
  • 2018: 85.3%
State and local government:
  • 2015: 81.7%
  • 2016: 81.0%
  • 2017: 81.3%
  • 2018: 80.8%
Private sector:
  • 2015: 53.3%
  • 2016: 53.0%
  • 2017: 52.2%
  • 2018: 51.1%
Overall Retention Rate at Fulton County
This chart shows the quarterly retention rate of Fulton County Government employees from 2015 until the most recent complete quarter.
Fulton County Retention Rate by Department
This chart shows the retention rate for the most recent complete quarter of Fulton County Government employees by department. The chart is ordered from highest retention rate to lowest retention rate. The filter allows you to select different quarters.