Your salary is just one part of your total compensation. Once you take into account paid time off, paid insurance, paid retirement and many other benefits described below, Oklahoma state employees' benefit package is hard to match in the private sector - being worth over 50% of your salary.
State employees are provided with a benefits allowance, in addition to their wages, to assist in paying the premiums associated with different plans. Employees receive health, dental, vision, life and disability Insurance, as well as optional flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expenses. The state has contracted with several different plan carriers for health, dental and vision so employees may elect a plan that best suits their needs.
For more information regarding the plans and benefit allowance, please visit the Oklahoma Employees Benefit Department (OMES - EBD).
Leave and Holidays
Employees receive generous paid annual and sick leave benefits to cover absences. New state employees begin to accrue annual leave at 15 days per year, increasing incrementally based upon years of service. The maximum for annual leave accrual is 25 days per year. The maximum amount of sick leave accrual is 15 days per year, regardless of years of service. State employees receive approximately 11 paid state holidays per year.
Flexible Work Week
OHCA offers a variety of work schedules to fit your lifestyle. With supervisor approval, you may choose to work four ten-hour days or four nine-hour days with time off every other week.
Longevity Payment Program
After two years of continuous service, state employees receive a longevity check on their anniversary date. The amount is tied to years of service.
OHCA employees hired before Nov. 1, 2015 contribute to OPERS which is a defined benefit pension plan. This plan provides its members with a lifetime retirement benefit once the member has met eligibility requirements. Eligible employees are also entitled to contribute to a Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan) and a Deferred Savings Incentive Plan (401(a)) which is known as the SoonerSave Plan. More information on both these plans can be found on the OPERS and SoonerSave websites.
OHCA employees hired on or after Nov. 1, 2015 are enrolled in Pathfinder, a defined contribution plan. The employee is responsible for making contributions and managing those assets in order to grow their account which will be the source of funds available during retirement. Information on the Pathfinder plan can be found here.
OHCA is a Certified Healthy Business. Employees have access to the agency's lactation room, wellness room and free on-site gym.