Fringe Benefits Components for MSU Sponsored Projects Follows:

Fringe Rates Effective 8/31/16

Social Security 6.20% of the first $127,200 earned (effective January 2017)
Medicare 1.45% (no limit)
State Retirement 15.75% of the first $270,000 (effective July 1, 2017)
State Health Insurance 10.68% ($356 per month / $3,333.33 per month-based on $40,000/yr)
Term Life Insurance 0.21% ($0.09 times 80 units = $7.20 divided by $3,333.33)(Covers twice annual salary up to $100,000)
Flex Spending Fee 0.04% ($1.40 per month / $3,333.33 per month-based on $40,000/yr)
Unemployment Insurance 0.096% (0.5506% of the first $7,000 earned)
Workers Compensation 0.41% of salary per month
Terminal Leave Rate 1.54% of salary per month
New Rate 36.38%
Student Rate 0.41% which includes the following categories:
- Workers Compensation (0.41% of salary per month)
Retiree Rate

23.91% which includes the following categories:
- State Retirement (15.75% of the first $270,000 (effective July 1, 2017))
- Social Security (6.20% of the first $127,200 earned (effective January 2017))
- Medicare 1.45% (no limit)
- Unemployment Insurance (0.096% (0.5506% of the first $7,000 earned))
- Workers Compensation (0.41% of salary per month)

Other Intermittent Worker Rate

8.16% which includes the following categories:
- Social Security (6.20% of the first $127,200 earned (effective January 2017))
- Medicare 1.45% (no limit)
- Unemployment Insurance 0.096 % (0.5560% of the first $7,000 earned)
- Workers Compensation (0.41% of salary per month)

9-Month Summer Rate

23.81% Which includes the following categories:
- Social Security (6.20% of the first $127,200 earned (effective January 2017))
- Medicare 1.45% (no limit)
- State Retirement 15.75 of the first $270,000 (effective July 1,2017)
- Workers Compensation (0.41% of salary per month)



NOTE: On 9-month faculty, only Social Security, Medicare, State Retirement, and Workers Compensation are taken out for summer appointment.

On graduate students and undergraduate students working full-time in the summer -- Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment and Workers Compensation charges are contributed and should be considered.

Use caution when calculating benefits for less than full time employees as such an arrangement will cause the ratio to increase dramatically.

All employees (non-student) working 50% time or greater for 4.5 months or more are benefits eligible.


A fringe rate of 35.96% is used for budgeting purposes only. The 35.96% rate is not a fixed rate because actual fringe will be charged to individual cost centers/projects, which may result in a minor over budget for highly compensated individuals. Conversely, this would result in an under budget for lower paid individuals (< $40,000/yr). As certain elements of the fringe rate structure are static (e.g. health insurance) or threshold-dependent (e.g. social security), an inverse relationship develops between the actual fringe ratio and the compensation level. As compensation increases, the fringe ratio decreases.

The 35.96% rate is encouraged even for cost centers/projects with relatively high average salaries (>$40,000/yr) because the static and threshold-dependent factors of the rate can change mid-project-year resulting in a potential cash flow problem. The fiscal differences between budgeting using the 35.96% fringe rate and a calculated rate is immaterial when considering high average salary cost centers/projects but may be significant when considering low average salary cost centers/projects.

To calculate fringe benefits for graduate students -- Multiply salary by 0.54% and add tuition.