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In addition to the salary, eligible full-time employees receive....

A Benefit Allowance to Pay for Health Insurance

In addition to their salary in 2024, OBN employees receive from $725.58 per month  (employee coverage only) to $1,160.66 per month (employee, spouse and children) provided by the agency to pay for health insurance. Insurance offerings include health, dental, vision and life insurance. The employee keeps any remaining benefit allowance not spent on premiums. There are a variety of supplemental insurance coverages also available through a Voluntary Payroll Deduction program.

Even those employees eligible to opt out of purchasing health insurance through OBN receive $150.00 per month in addition to their salary.

Annual Leave, Sick Leave and Paid Holidays

Employees accrue 15 days of annual leave per year in the first five years of service as a state employee; employees with 5-10 years of service accrue 18 days per year; employees with 10-20 years of service accrue 20 days per year; and those working for the state for 20+ years accrue 25 days per year. 

Employees accrue 15 days of sick leave per year. 

The state of Oklahoma normally observes 11 holidays per year.

Annual Lump Sum Longevity Payments

Eligible full-time employees receive annual lump sum longevity pay based on the employee’s years of service. These payments increase over time and begin at year two. 

  • At least 2 but less than 4 years: $250.00
  • At least 4 but less than 6 years: $426.00
  • At least 6 but less than 8 years: $626.00
  • At least 8 but less than 10 years: $850.00
  • At least 10 but less than 12 years: $1,062.00
  • At least 12 but less than 14 years: $1,250.00
  • At least 14 but less than 16 years: $1,500.00
  • At least 16 but less than 18 years: $1,688.00
  • At least 18 but less than 20 years: $1,900.00
  • At least 20 years: $2,000.00

For each additional two years of service after the first 20 years, an additional $200.00 is added to the 20-year amount above.


The Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) administers retirement plans for several different types of Oklahoma state and local government employees. The primary plan is a defined benefit retirement plan for employees entering state of Oklahoma service prior to November 1, 2015.  A defined benefit plan promises its members a lifetime retirement benefit when the member meets certain eligibility requirements.

Pathfinder is the mandatory defined contribution plan for eligible state employees who first become employed by a participating employer on or after November 1, 2015, and have no prior participation in OPERS before that date. Under this plan, participants choose a contribution rate which is matched by OBN up to 7%, and participants have the freedom to select and change their investments. You can receive another 1% employer-matching contribution to your 401(a) Plan when you contribute 2.5% or more to your voluntary 457(b) Plan. That’s a total 14% contribution to your Pathfinder retirement accounts. 

A $25.00 Per Month Match Savings Incentive Plan (SoonerSave)

OPERS administers the voluntary SoonerSave defined contribution plan in which certain state of Oklahoma employees are eligible to participate. Qualifying employees can save additional money for retirement and reduce the amount of current state and federal income tax paid each year by contributing and investing pre-tax dollars into the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan SoonerSave. Even better, the state of Oklahoma provides an employer match of $25 per month through the 401(a) Savings Incentive Plan. Contributions and any earnings in both plans grow tax-deferred until money is withdrawn.

A Variety of Schedules

Monday-Friday: Agency's Core Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Flex scheduling and telework opportunities are available as approved and coordinated by the supervisor.

Robust Discount Programs

Enjoy discounts from a variety of products and services as conditions/eligibility apply. See the OMES Employee Discounts page for more detailed information. These offerings include:

  • Auto and home insurance
  • Banking
  • Cell phone service and equipment
  • Computer hardware purchase and services such as data recovery
  • Entertainment including theme parks, attractions, shows (some are nationwide)
  • Fitness Centers
  • Florists
  • Home improvements including roofing, guttering, cabinetry, lawn care
  • Hotels
  • Housing including apartment rentals and special interest rate mortgages
  • Pet hospital care
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
  • Rental Cars
  • Shopping (250 top national retailers), including Costco and Sam's membership discounts
  • Storm shelters
  • Translation services

Last Modified on Mar 05, 2024