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Employee Benefits

Health Insurance

Full-time employees are covered by the state's health insurance plan, which provides access to quality medical care with low co-pays and deductibles.

  • The state will pay your individual premiums and half of your dependents' premiums.
  • Employees are eligible for health insurance after an initial 90-day waiting period.
  • The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) oversees our health care program and provides in-depth information about your health insurance options.

Retirement

TxDOT employees are automatically enrolled in the state's retirement plan, administered by ERS.

  • 6.6 percent of your salary (before taxes) will be contributed to the ERS retirement fund, and the state contributes 6 percent.
  • If you want to invest more than 6.6 percent of your salary toward retirement, we also offer 401(k), 457 and Roth plans through the Texa$aver program.

Vacation Leave

As a TxDOT employee, you earn vacation hours based on your years of creditable state employment. You can use your vacation time after six months of continuous state service.

Years of State Service Vacation Hours per Month
Less than 2 years 8
2 years but less than 5 9
5 years but less than 10 10
10 years but less than 15 11
15 years but less than 20 13
20 years but less than 25 15
25 years but less than 30 17
30 years but less than 35 19
35 years or more 21

Sick Leave

Regular full-time employees accrue 8 hours of sick leave each month. Part-time employees earn sick leave proportional to the hours worked.

Paid Holidays

TxDOT employees are granted paid federal and state holidays.

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program encourages and motivates employees to adopt a lifestyle that improves their overall health, fitness and well-being. Participants may exercise 30 minutes up to three times a week during normal work hours and may earn paid leave for meeting certain conditions.

Miscellaneous Leave

  • Military Leave - Gives eligible employees paid time off from work for authorized military training or duty with the Texas National Guard, Texas State Guard or a reserve branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Extended Military Leave - Provides eligible employees time off from work without pay to enter a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Wellness Leave - As an incentive to participate in the Wellness Program, grants employees 8 hours each fiscal year for completing a Health Risk Assessment from their insurance provider and getting a routine physical examination.

Additional Benefits

The state offers the following benefits at little or no cost to employees to help meet their individual needs.

  • Hidden Benefits Brochure
  • Dental plans
  • Deferred compensation (401k and 457 plans)
  • TexFlex - Set aside earnings before taxes to pay health care and dependent care expenses
  • Children's Health Insurance Program (for income-eligible employees)
  • Longevity pay - Earn more money each month for extended employment with the state
  • Tuition assistance - Opportunities to pursue an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree on a full-time or part-time basis
  • Training and Professional Development - TxDOT Training Courses and Catalog
  • Employee assistance program - Counseling services to help you and your immediate family members deal with personal problems
  • Optional term life insurance - Up to four times your annual salary, with evidence of insurability
  • Affordable legal representation through the Texas Legal Protection Plan
  • Disability income protection in case of illness or injury

For more information about employee benefits, please contact one of our Human Resources Employment Offices.

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