Seattle Department of Human Resources Bobby Humes, Director


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The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package to non-represented employees that exceeds 30% of base salary. Benefit eligibility varies by job status—full-time or part-time; regular or temporary. In addition, the City has several collective bargaining agreements for designated represented positions. Benefits are negotiated and vary by contract. The following is a brief summary of the City's non-represented benefits.

Most employees receive medical, dental, vision, long-term disability and retirement benefits on the first day of the month coincident with or next following their date of employment.

Medical Coverage

  • Medical Plan Details
  • Group Health Deductible Plan
  • Group Health Standard Plan
  • City of Seattle Preventive Plan (Aetna)
  • City of Seattle Traditional Plan (Aetna)

Dental & Vision
Dental coverage is provided by Washington Dental Service or Dental Health Services. In addition, the City covers vision through our provider VSP.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for dependent care and medical expenses for themselves and dependents.

Employee Assistance Program
Provides professional, confidential counseling to assist employees with personal or work related problems.

Retirement Plan
Eligible employees contribute a percentage of their salary and the City matches at 100%. The plan is designed to reward service with a retirement income based on length of service, salary and age.

Deferred Compensation Plan
Voluntary pre-tax savings in 457 Deferred Compensation Plan for public employees.

Optional Benefits

Competitive Salary Ranges
View the current Salary Schedule for position pay ranges.

Work-Life Programs

Paid Time Off (PTO)
Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual rate increases with tenure as follows:

  • Years 0 through 4: 12 days
  • Years 5 through 9: 15 days
  • Years 10 through 14: 16 days
  • Years 15 through 19: 18 days
  • Years 20+: 1 day per year of service

Holidays and Personal Days
Two paid personal days per year that may be taken anytime (with supervisor approval) and 10 paid holidays per year.

View Holiday Schedule

The City provides a transportation allowance:

  • Subsidized monthly bus or ferry pass
  • Car pool—subject to availability and minimum number of passengers. Dependent on area in which you live and work.