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Frank G. Alderman, retired on June 30, 2015, at age 73, with a Type of Retirement SA. As a 3rd Class Power Plant Engineer, Alderman worked for the Massachusetts Hospital School under agency 1260 for 160303.00 creditable service hours. With an average salary of 62581.95, Alderman receives an annual pension of 33636.72 and a monthly pension of 2803.06.

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ALLPENSIONS null 2016-11-30T18:14:04.000Z Search

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SA33636.721260160303.0062581.953RD CLASS POWER PLANT ENGINEER2015-06-30T00:00:00.000FRANKALDERMAN20167988139073MASS HOSPITAL SCHOOL2803.06375029G


  data:
    [
   {
      "type_of_retirement": "SA",
      "annual_pension": "33636.72",
      "agency_last_worked_in": "1260",
      "creditable_service": "160303.00",
      "average_salary": "62581.95",
      "title_at_retirement": "3RD CLASS POWER PLANT ENGINEER",
      "date_of_retirement": "2015-06-30T00:00:00.000",
      "first_name": "FRANK",
      "last_name": "ALDERMAN",
      "year": "2016",
      "trans_no": "79881390",
      "age_at_retirement": "73",
      "department_last_worked_in": "MASS HOSPITAL SCHOOL",
      "monthly_pension": "2803.06",
      "person_id": "375029",
      "middle_initial": "G"
   }
]

  keys:
    [
   "type_of_retirement",
   "annual_pension",
   "agency_last_worked_in",
   "creditable_service",
   "average_salary",
   "title_at_retirement",
   "date_of_retirement",
   "first_name",
   "last_name",
   "year",
   "trans_no",
   "age_at_retirement",
   "department_last_worked_in",
   "monthly_pension",
   "person_id",
   "middle_initial"
]
    

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    debug: columns: name:
    [
   "AGE AT RETIREMENT",
   "AGENCY LAST WORKED IN",
   "ANNUAL PENSION",
   "AVERAGE SALARY",
   "CREDITABLE SERVICE",
   "DATE OF RETIREMENT",
   "DEPARTMENT LAST WORKED IN",
   "FIRST NAME",
   "LAST NAME",
   "MIDDLE INITIAL",
   "MONTHLY PENSION",
   "PERSON ID",
   "TITLE AT RETIREMENT",
   "TRANS NO",
   "TYPE OF RETIREMENT",
   "YEAR"
]

    debug: columns: type:
    [
   "Calendar date",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text"
]