Enjoy the benefits of working for Washington
We offer a family-friendly package of pay, benefits, paid time off, and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life.
Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation. Eligible employees also have access to a competitive benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement, and vacation benefits.
As an eligible state employee, you and your family can choose from several medical and dental plans. The state's employee premiums make high-quality medical coverage affordable, and the state fully pays for employees' dental premiums.
The state also provides basic life and long-term disability insurance at no cost to employees, with the option to purchase additional coverage.
Additional insurance coverage, like auto and home insurance, is available to employees at reduced rates.
We help you prepare for life after your career by offering an excellent retirement plan, which includes employer contributions. In addition, employees may participate in the Deferred Compensation Program for a tax-deferred retirement investment.
Paid time offThis leave and holiday benefit information is intended to provide a general overview. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Management's Vacation, Leave and Holidays webpage.
Leave benefits may include (depending on hours worked and length of service):
- 14-25 days of vacation per year
- 11 paid holidays
- 1 personal holiday (depending on length of service)
- 12 days of sick leave per year
- Newborn, adoptive, and emergency child care leave
- Leave without pay for maternity and education
- Paid leave for jury or other civil duties
- Leave for military service
Qualified employees may also donate leave to assist others through an extended absence.
Employee Assistance Program
Sometimes a personal or work-related problem can impair job performance. Employees may seek confidential, professional help through the Employee Assistance Program at no charge.
Flexible Spending Account
State and higher-education employees can choose to enroll in a flexible spending account to save money on certain health expenses by paying for them with pre-tax dollars.
Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
DCAP allows you to save on child or elder care expenses such as babysitting, daycare, or in-home care for an older dependent by setting aside pre-tax dollars from your paycheck.
DCAP reimburses your dependent care expenses so you and your spouse can work.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, and meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.