Compensation & Benefits

Maine State Employees are eligible for an extensive and highly competitive benefits package. Major benefits are briefly described below (Note: Benefits may vary somewhat according to administrative units and specific collective bargaining agreements.). Benefits are prorated for part-time employment.

VACATION LEAVE

Accrual is based on years of continuous, full-time service at a rate of 8 hours (1 day) per month for the first 5 years of service, 10 hours per month from 6-10 years of service, 12 hours per month from 11-15 years of service, 14 hours per month from 16-20 years of service, and 16 hours (2 days) per month after 20 years of service.

LONGEVITY PAY

Once you have completed 15 years of service, you will begin receiving longevity pay at an hourly rate.   Confidential employees receive their longevity pay in the form of a single payment each December after completing 15 years of service.

SICK LEAVE

Accrual is at the rate of 8 hours (1 day) per month regardless of years of service.

HOLIDAYS

State Employees are provided with 12 paid holidays per year.

PERSONAL DAYS

Employees who are not eligible for overtime are provided with 2 personal days per year. Certain other classifications receive personal leave days as designated in the collective bargaining agreement. Confidential employees receive 3 personal leave days per year.

OTHER LEAVES

Leaves may be granted for long-term medical situations, military duty, bereavement, job-related education, and child bearing and adoption.

INSURANCE

Group health, dental, and life insurance are provided by the State to the employee. The State also pays a portion of the premiums for family plans.

RETIREMENT PLAN

Most state employees must participate in the Maine State Retirement System. Contributions are based on a percentage of salary.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

Tax shelter plans are available to all employees that enable them to provide for greater retirement security.

CREDIT UNION

All state employees, retirees, and immediate family members are eligible to become members of the Maine State Credit Union.

WORKING HOURS

At the discretion of an agency's appointing authority, state employees may have the option of choosing from several alternate work schedules.

JOB SHARING

This is a voluntary work arrangement in which two people share the responsibility of one full-time position. This may not be available for all positions. Salary and benefits are pro-rated.

PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY

As status and experience are gained, career development/growth and promotional opportunities are available. Many are limited to State Employees.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS

The State offers participation in pre-tax flexible spending accounts. Employees can set aside a portion of their pre-tax earnings each pay period which can then be used to pay for certain medical or dependent care expenses.

CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT

The State offers reimbursement to some employees for a portion of their child care expenses. Eligibility for this program and the amount of reimbursement is based on the employee's gross family income. Eligibility and reimbursement limits are periodically adjusted.

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