The State of New York provides its employees with a comprehensive benefit package that addresses both personal and professional needs. For detailed information visit the New York State Governor's Office of Employee Relation website.
Salaries | Retirement | Annual (vacation) Leave | Personal Leave | Sick Leave | Holidays
Professional Leave | Other Leave | Health Insurance | Dental and Vision Care
Life Insurance | Long-Term Care Insurance | Pre-Tax Savings Program
Deferred Compensation Plan | Tuition Benefits | Resources and Referral Program
Salaries: Salaries for nursing positions are based on the job requirements and an employee's education, experience, and work location. The starting salary range is listed on the examination announcement for each nursing position vacancy. In addition, shift pay differential is available for certain nurses who work the evening or night shifts at some agencies; amounts vary by agency and location. With facilities in many locations, New York State strives to offer salaries competitive with those in the private sector.
Retirement: Employees are fully vested after 5 years of service. Retirement benefits are based on a formula using the number of years of credited service and the final average salary. Employees continue to earn service credit when transferring between New York State agencies. Service in local government is credited in the State retirement system.
Annual (vacation) Leave: New employees earn 13 days per year, and bonus days are added each year for the first 7 years. After 7 years for service, employees earn 20 days of vacation per year. Annual leave can be accumulated to a maximum of 300 hours.
Sick Leave: Sick leave can be accumulated to a maximum of 200 days. At retirement, unused sick leave may be used to both extend the length of service for retirement credit and help pay the employee's portion of health insurance premiums during retirement.
Other Leave: Other leaves available to employee include sick leave at half pay, workers' compensation leave, leave for pregnancy, childbirth and child care, leave for court appearances, leave for jury duty, leave for breast cancer screening, leave for bone marrow donation, leave for organ donation, leave for certain athletic competitions, leave for Red Cross volunteers and leave for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance squad members during a state of emergency declared by the Governor.
Life Insurance: Group term life insurance is available through the public unions: the NYS Public Employees Federation (PEF) for RNs and Nurse Practitioners and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) for LPNs.
Pre-Tax Savings Program: These programs enable employees to save money by having an amount they designate withdrawn from their paychecks before taxes are deducted, and applied towards eligible expense. Under the PreTax Contribution Program (PTCP), employee health care premium contributions are deducted before taxes are withheld. The Health Care Spending Account (HCSAccount) allows employees to pay for health-related expenses that are not reimbursed by the health, dental or vision plans. The Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) allows employees to pay for child care, elder care, or care for disabled dependents with pre-tax dollars.
For RNs and Nurse Practitioners
Tuition assistance is provided by the Public Service Training Program (PSTP) through the negotiated agreement between the State of New York and the NYS Public Employees Federation using a voucher system for approved course work at participating institutions. In addition, voucher alternatives (VALT) are available for job- or career-related course work at accredited non-participating institutions. For more information, visit the Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER) website at www.goer.state.ny.us or call GOER at 518-474-6613.
Education, training and tuition benefits are available to prepare employees for career mobility and promotional opportunities and to prepare for future State work force needs. For more information, visit the New York State & Civil Service Employees Association Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) website or call the Partnership at 518-473-8991.
Resources and Referral Program: This program provides resources and referrals in any community across the country on a wide variety of subjects. This program can help with parenting, care giving, education, mid-life and retirement, child and elder care, personal budgeting and everyday issues.
- Direct deposit for paychecks
- Membership in the State Employee Federal Credit Union
- Employee Assistance Program to help employees cope with alcohol or drug abuse, stress, financial and other personal difficulties
- Access to savings program such as savings bonds and the College Savings Program
For more information:
Contact the human resources office in your agency.
Visit the Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER) website for Employee Orientation information.
Please note benefits are subject to change based on negotiations between New York State and its public employee unions.