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.
TxDOT employees are automatically enrolled in the state's retirement plan, administered by ERS.
- 6.5 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 6.5 percent of your salary toward retirement, we also offer 401(k) and 457 plans through the Texa$aver program.
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
|2 years but less than 5
|5 years but less than 10
|10 years but less than 15
|15 years but less than 20
|20 years but less than 25
|25 years but less than 30
|30 years but less than 35
|35 years or more
Regular full-time employees accrue 8 hours of sick leave each month. Part-time employees earn sick leave proportional to the hours worked.
TxDOT employees are granted paid federal and state holidays.
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.
- 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.
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
- Long-term nursing and custodial care
For more information about employee benefits, please contact one of our Human Resources Employment Offices.