Health and financial security
At WSDOT, we understand that maintaining health and financial security for you and your family is an essential part of life. That is why choice is a key component of our benefits packages. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you are able to mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you receive, but also your personal contribution to them. Washington State Government offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with services including:
- Dental (PDF 133 KB)
- Term and Supplemental Life Insurance
- Long term Disability (PDF 979 KB)
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending plan, which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. In addition, employees are covered by basic life and long-term disability insurance with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area, and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Please note: As a new employee you also have the option to shop for health insurance at the Marketplace (also known as the Health Insurance Exchange). For more information Visit www.healthcare.gov or also get help by phone, or in person. Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
WSDOT employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information regarding retirement, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' website.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program that allows personal control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer, as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Automatic enrollment in DCP for new full-time employees.
We value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State generously supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year.
|Year||Vacation Hours Earned Per Month|
|1st and 2nd Year||9.33333|
|5th and 6th Year||11.33333|
|7th, 8th and 9th Year||12|
|10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Year||13.33333|
|15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Year||14.66667|
|20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th Year||16|
|25th Year and thereafter||16.66667|
A maximum of 30 working days (240 hours) may be accumulated. Accrual rates may vary depending on your collective bargaining agreement.
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday||Third Monday in January|
|Presidents' Day||Third Monday in February|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday in May|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||First Monday in September|
|Veterans' Day||November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day &
Native American Heritage Day
|Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after|
|Christmas Day||December 25|
|Personal Holiday||Employee's selection each calendar year|
Employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave can be used for the following reasons: illness, injury, preventative health care, exposure to a contagious disease that might endanger others, disability due to pregnancy or childbirth, illness injury or death of relatives.
Miscellaneous leave, unemployment, compensation and assistance programs
WSDOT received direction from OFM and State HR to begin implementing furloughs to help immediately reduce the state's budget and bring it closer to revenue projections.
- Implement a furlough of one day a week as soon as possible, but no later than June 28, 2020, through July 25, 2020, in positions where a relief employee is not required.
- Furlough employees where a relief employee is not required once a month from Aug. 1, 2020, through Nov. 30, 2020.
- Offer voluntary furlough options to positions where a relief employee is not required beyond the days described above.
- WSDOT has applied for the Shared Work program with the Employment Security Department to help support furloughed employees.
A WSDOT relief worker applies primarily to Washington State Ferry vessel employees. These positions require a back-fill, so our budget would not see any savings from furloughs within those positions.
These changes will be implemented with the help of our managers and supervisors.
Provided is an interactive guide to walk you through each stage of the application process:
WSDOT SharedWork Presentation (Interactive Guide) - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information:
This material can be made available in an alternate format by emailing your local Human Resources Consultant. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.
For more guidance on how to apply for SharedWork, join a webinar or review the slide deck
The Employment Security Department has scheduled webinars you can attend during work hours. If you prefer, you can download the slide deck (PPTX 4.6 MB) instead, but the webinars are helpful. A question and answer period is included at the end.
When submitting your furlough time off:
- Please use the 'LWOP - TMP Layoff/ShrdWork' leave code when submitting your furlough time off request in DOTtime.
- For WSF staff not yet using DOTtime, please use Pay Code 30 with Reason Code 67 for the SharedWork (9403).
Please contact your Headquarters HR representative (PDF 405 KB).
Modern Work Environment
WSDOT is working on building a modern work environment and create an organizational culture that empowers employees with choice, enables excellent performance, supports all generations, and is mindful of our impact on the environment by taking actions outlined in this order. Take a look at some of things we offer to support this initiative to including telework and flexible work hours, and will maintain the technology necessary to provide the ability to work in a variety of locations. Read more about WSDOT's modern work environment
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems. EAP can help employees with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to depression, stress anxiety, anger, parenting issues, workplace issues, marital or relationship issues, grief and loss. For more information, check out the Washington State Department of Enterprises EAP website. Your first consultation is free.
Depending on the office location you work from, there will be different processes for parking. Most facilities have free parking; though you should speak with your supervisor regarding specific parking procedures.