When it comes to benefits, Washington’s got you covered

As a Washington teacher, you will receive an extensive benefits package that includes both retirement and health insurance perks. In addition to pay and other special employee programs, the following is a list of benefits you can expect.

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Insurance options and benefits

Medical, vision, and dental coverage: Eligible employees and their families are covered by medical, dental, and vision insurance which covers pre-existing conditions. There are various medical plan options to choose from–either managed care plans or preferred provider plans. Dental premiums are fully paid by the employer. The flexible spending account program allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars for expenses such as co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, many prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and various other expenses.

Life insurance: Eligible employees are provided basic term life insurance. Life insurance for a spouse or qualified domestic partner is also available. Employees may choose to purchase additional insurance for dependents. 

Long term disability: Eligible employees receive basic long term disability coverage. Employees may choose to purchase additional coverage which can provide up to sixty percent of their monthly salary. 

For more information on insurance benefits, visit the Public Employees Benefits Board.

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Retirement benefits

School employees are members of the Washington Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). For more information, visit the Department of Retirement System’s web site

Social security

All state employees are covered by the social security insurance system. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.

Dependent care assistance

Dependent care assistance allows you to save pre-tax dollars for a child or elder care expenses.

Deferred compensation

The deferred compensation program provides the option of allowing employees to automatically save a portion of their salary and invest it in their choice of many different investment options.