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Benefits of Public Service


Employees enjoy all of the benefits available to eligible employees of the City and County of San Francisco.  The specific benefits an employee receives are determined by union collective bargaining agreements, the employee’s classification, and the type of appointment.

Competitive Salaries
Our competitive salary ranges, cost of living adjustments and benefits are determined by labor contracts negotiated with 14 labor unions.

Health Benefits
We offer comprehensive health benefits for eligible employees and dependents, including:

  • Medical – Choice of Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
  • Dental - Choice of HMO or PPO-style plans
  • Vision – Choice of network or non-network providers
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) – Our employees may set money aside on a pre-tax basis for eligible healthcare and/or dependent care expenses.

Wellness Programs
Employees have access to a wide variety of wellness programs, including a Health Service System Wellness Center which provides classes and workshops to assist employees in maintaining good health.

Pension Plan
Eligible employees become part of the San Francisco Employees’ Pension Plan, a qualified defined benefit plan funded through employee and employer contributions and investment earnings. The SFERS Pension Plan provides for considerable benefits upon separation from the City, including service and disability retirement, refund or vesting allowance, and pre- and post-retirement death benefits to survivors. Members of the retirement plan also have an opportunity to acquire additional retirement savings intended to supplement pension benefits with voluntary contributions to a Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan. See the SFERS site for additional information.

Deferred Compensation
Members of the retirement plan have an opportunity to acquire additional retirement savings intended to supplement pension benefits with voluntary contributions to a Deferred Compensation (457(b) Plan.  Eligible employees may voluntarily invest a portion of their pre-tax regular earnings in a diverse selection of 25 core investment funds.  See the SFERS site for additional information.

Commuter Benefits Program
The City and County of San Francisco offers a variety of sustainable transportation programs for municipal employees to make walking, biking, transit, carpool, and rideshare the easiest choice. San Francisco aims to have 80% of all trips made through sustainable modes by 2030. Help us reach this goal by maximizing your use of these programs:

Paid Time Off
Employees are offered a variety of paid time off to make sure they have options for a great work-life balance and limited compensation when sick or disabled, including:

  • Vacation (10-20 days per year, depending on length of service)
  • Sick leave (13 days per year)
  • Legal holidays (11 paid holidays per year)
  • Floating holidays (4 or 5 days per year, depending upon union contract)
  • Paid parental leave which supplements paid leave balances to ensure that eligible employees will receive salary for up to twelve weeks.

On-site Childcare
On-site childcare is available to employees at our headquarters for an additional cost.

Employee Discounts
Employees can take advantage of a variety of discounts offered by local businesses to City and County employees.

Learn more about the benefits offered by the City and County of San Francisco on their website.


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Last updated: 8/31/2020 11:34:53 AM