Benefits and Compensation

August 18, 2020

[Not Offered To Unpaid Interns]
Current plan year Benefits Guide
For additional information, please visit the ERS site

Benefits & State Retirement

  • The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) administers benefits and manages retirement for Texas state agency employees
  • Beginning with your very first paycheck, a mandatory retirement contribution of 6% will be deducted
  • State/Employer contribution is 10% of salary 

Medical Benefits

Choice of two (2) medical plans, both of which include prescription drug coverage, Basic Life, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Out of Pocket Medical Premiums

  • Full-Time Employee: 100% of employee and 50% of dependent premiums paid by the State
  • Part-Time Employee: 50% of employee and 25% of the dependent premiums paid by the State

Optional Benefits

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Supplemental Life
  • Supplemental Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Dependent Life
  • Short & Long Term Disability (Income Protection)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Three Types)
  • Commuter Spending Account

Out of Pocket Optional Benefits Premiums

  • Varies based on desired amount of coverage, level of coverage, age, etc.

Discount Purchase Program
Administered by Beneplace

401(k) / 457 Retirement Plans
Administered by Texa$aver via Empowerment Retirement Services


Agency-Specific Perks

  • Longevity pay (applicable to full-time employees only)
  • Direct deposit
  • DPS Credit Union
  • Paid holidays, vacation leave, and sick leave
  • Training opportunities
  • Gym/fitness center (in select locations)
  • Smoke-free workplace