Salary and Benefits

Federal Salaries

Insurance Benefits

Health Benefits

  • One of the largest selections of carriers
  • Self or family coverage options
  • Government pays a portion

Life Insurance

  • Low-cost premium
  • Optional additional coverage

Federal Long-Term Care Insurance

Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (Health and Dependent Care)

Vacation/Annual Leave

(Hours are earned each 2-week pay period)

  • 4 hours: First 3 years of service
  • 6 hours: After 3 years of service
  • 8 hours: After 15 years of service
  • 240 hours can be saved and carried over to the next year

Sick Leave

  • 4 hours are earned each 2-week pay period
  • Unlimited hours can be saved and carried over to the next year

Leave Donor Program

  • Employees may donate or receive donations of annual leave for emergency situations

Retirement Plan

  • Cost shared by Government and employee
  • Can be rolled over/transferred if you leave Government Service

Thrift Savings Plan

(Retirement Savings and Investment Plan)

  • Like 401(k)s, employee contributions are tax-deferred
  • Government automatically contributes 1 percent, even if employee does not contribute. In addition, employees' contributions are matched by the Government: 100 percent for the first 3 percent contributed by you, and 50 percent for the next 2 percent contributed. Get details about the Thrift Savings Plan.

11 Paid Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • M. L. King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules

  • ERS staff may choose their workday start time, between 6 am and 9 am
  • Staff may choose to work a compressed schedule in which they work nine, 9-hour days and take the 10th day off; or eight, 10-hour days and take the 9th and 10th days off
  • ERS has a telework program, in which eligible employees may telework up to one day per week

Transportation Subsidy

  • Tax-free benefit to encourage use of public transportation