Benefits

Financial, health & wellness, work-life balance, career development and other rewards

Financial

We offer competitive salary and wage packages and programs to help you plan for your financial future.

Retirement and Financial Planning 

  • Secure retirement income from a defined benefit pension plan. This plan is available to all employees hired through 2018 and will have limited availability starting in 2019.

  • 401(k)-style defined contribution plan available to most employees starting in 2019.

  • Hybrid options that include a defined benefit and a defined contribution plan available to most employees in 2019.

  • Invest more of your income through an optional deferred compensation program.

Group Life Insurance

  • Free life insurance for all permanent employees after 90 days.

Optional Insurance

Get special employee-only rates for:

  • Supplemental life

  • Long-term disability

  • Short-term disability

  • Critical illness

  • Auto

  • Home

  • Pet

  • Identity theft

Higher Education

  • Make saving for college more affordable with a PA 529 account.

  • Some agencies offer tuition assistance for job-related higher education.

  • Most commonwealth employees are eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.  

Additional Programs

  • Save money on family and child care expenses with pretax payroll deductions with the Family Care Account Program.

  • Most employees are eligible for free credit union membership with PSECU.

  • Receive discounts on electronics, travel, entertainment, clothes, gifts and more.

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Health & Wellness

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health coverage, vision, dental and wellness programs. 

Medical Benefits

  • Choice of medical plans

  • Vision

  • Dental

  • Prescription drug

  • Hearing aid 

  • Durable medical equipment

Wellness Programs

Improve your health and quality of life through specific wellness programs for mental and physical wellness, nutrition, weight loss, smoking cessation and more.

  • Wellness webinars

  • Screenings

  • Discounts to gyms

  • Weight loss and nutrition programs

  • Reduced costs for health benefits by participating in a biometrics screening!

Activity Challenges

  • Join a team of coworkers to track steps and exercise through these fun and friendly competitions throughout the year.

Free, Confidential Counseling

  • Everyone needs help sometimes. We offer free, confidential counseling referral services for employees and their families through our State Employees Assistance Program (SEAP).

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Work / Life Balance

We understand that there is more to life than work – and we want you to enjoy it!

Leave

  • Paid vacation days, paid sick days and military leave.

Holidays

  • Paid time off for most major U.S. holidays.

Flexible Schedules

  • Alternative work schedules and telecommuting arrangements available for certain positions.

Onsite Child Care

  • Offered at certain locations.

Free, Confidential Counseling

  • Everyone needs help sometimes. We offer free, confidential counseling referral services for employees and their family members through our State Employees Assistance Program (SEAP).

Career Development

We want to help you grow and see your goals become a reality!

A Plan for Success

  • Supervisors and human resources staff are available to help employees create a plan to develop skills for their current jobs or prepare for the next step in their careers. 

  • Access to free training designed for commonwealth employees through the Keystone Academy for Learning.

Opportunities to Advance

  • Easily transfer between positions or agencies to expand knowledge and pursue new challenges.

  • Retain your leave, health and other benefits when moving between most agencies.

Leadership Training 

There are also a variety of programs available to help get you where you want to be:      

   
 

Other Rewards

Commonwealth employees enjoy many other rewards, including opportunities for recognition, workplace charitable giving and even special employee-only discounts.

Employee Recognition

We understand that our most valuable asset is our employees.

  • Many agencies have programs to acknowledge outstanding work and achievement.

  • The Governor presents the annual state employee Awards for Excellence to individuals and groups who demonstrate exemplary job performance or service.

Charitable Giving

Our commitment to public service and helping other goes well beyond the workplace. Every year, our employees donate millions of dollars to worthy causes in PA, the nation and the world.

  • Donate to your choice of hundreds of participating charities through the State Employee Combined Appeal.

  • Convenient pledge options such payroll deductions.

Special Discounts

As a commonwealth employee, you may be able to take advantage of special discounts from a wide variety of providers, including: