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California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary


​This webpage is intended to provide general information. Benefit eligibility may be based on job classification, bargaining unit, time base and length of appointment. Additional benefits may also be outlined for specific bargaining units in employee collective bargaining contracts. If you have specific questions, ask your appointing authority.
California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary
Benefit Description​ ​Additional Information
New Employee Benefits Orientation Page
Summary review of benefits available to you as a new State Civil Service employee.
Benefits Orientation
State Civil Service Act

Review the benefits and protections provided to State Civil Service employees through the State Civil Service Act.

Merit System Principles - An Overview
Salaries and Civil Service Pay Scales

Information regarding salary ranges for State Civil Service employees, as well as the Civil Service Pay Scales, the official salaries for all state jobs.

Represented Employee Bargaining Contracts

Review the specifics of represented state employee collective bargaining contracts.

Bargaining / Contracts

Learn more about the defined benefit plan that is offered to state employees through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) based on years of service, age and final compensation. CalPERS also offers disability retirement, partial service retirement, and death benefits for eligible employees.

401(k) and 457(b) Plans (Savings Plus)

Offers a voluntary benefit that allows you to contribute to both a 401(k) and a 457(b) plan to enhance your retirement benefit. This allows you to contribute, through payroll deduction, up to twice the amount available to the private sector and most public sector employees. You can contribute on both a pre-tax and an after-tax designated Roth basis that offers you the opportunity to take advantage of tax savings now and in the future.

Savings Plus 

(855) 616-4776

California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary - Specific Benefits
​Specific Benefits ​Additional Information

Cash In Lieu of Health and/or Dental Benefits (Cash Option)

Allows you to receive cash in lieu of state-sponsored health and/or dental benefits insurance if you have other qualifying medical and/or dental coverage through a spouse, domestic partner, parent or other source.

Cash Option Non-CoBen
Common Carrier Travel and Accident Insurance – for Excluded Employees Only

Offers employer-paid accidental death and dismemberment insurance to managers, supervisors and other specified employees who travel on state business.

Travel and Accident Insurance for Excluded Employees
Commute Program

Voluntary benefits that subsidize commuting expenses for eligible employees who commute to and from work using public transportation, vanpools, or bicycles.

Commute Programs


Consolidated Benefits (CoBen)

Provides a benefit allowance, rather than specific contribution amounts for health, dental and vision benefits. You may receive additional taxable income each month, depending on the total cost of the benefit plans you choose.

Consolidated Benefits (CoBen)
​Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

Continuation of health, dental, and vision insurance coverage as well as medical reimbursement account for employees and eligible dependents who involuntarily lose coverage.

​Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
Death Benefits

Benefits available to legal survivors and/or designees of state employees; see "Planning Ahead" handbook.

​Planning Ahead Handbook PDF | RTF
​Dental Benefits

Offers you and your dependents preventive, basic and major dental care coverage through one of several dental plans.

​Dental Benefits
Employee Assistance Program

Employer-paid program offers free professional and confidential short-term counseling and referral services to employees and their eligible dependents, as well as valuable information on a variety of topics including financial, legal, and wellness.

Employee Assistance Program

Magellan Healthcare

  • (866) EAP-4SOC (866) 327-4762
  • TDD (800) 327-0801
California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary
Benefit Description​ ​Additional Information

Group Legal Services Insurance
Voluntary, employee-paid plan that provides comprehensive legal coverage designed to meet most common personal legal needs. Available to eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Group Legal Services Insurance Plan

  • (866) 762-0972
  • TDD (800) 383-4184
​Group Long-Term Disability Insurance – For Excluded Employees Only

Voluntary, employee-paid plan that replaces a portion of the employee's income in the event the employee is unable to work for six months or longer due to a covered illness or injury. 

​Group Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTD)– Excluded Employees Only

Standard Insurance

(888) 641-7193

Health Benefits

Offers you and your dependents a broad range of health insurance plans with the state paying a portion of the premium. CalPERS administers this coverage.

CalPERS Health Benefits

(888) 225-7377

Health and Wellness

Promotes a work environment that encourages healthy lifestyle choices, decreases the risk of illness and disease and enhances employee effectiveness and well-being.

Employee Wellness Program
Long-Term Care Program

Offers coverage through CalPERS for a chronic illness, frailty of old age, or a serious accident. Available to all California public employees, retirees, and their eligible family members.

CalPERS Long-Term Care

(888) 225-7377

​Part-time, Seasonal, and Temporary Retirement Program

Offers a retirement savings program for part-time, seasonal and temporary employees who are not covered by CalPERS or Social Security.

Savings Plus 

(855) 616-4776

Reimbursement Accounts

Allows you to set pre-taxed money aside in a reimbursement account to pay for certain kinds of medical and dependent care expenses. You can increase your take home pay and decrease your taxable income.

Reimbursement Accounts
Third-Party Pre-Tax Parking Reimbursement Account Program

Allows you to deduct a specific pre-tax amount for work-related parking fees from your pay.  Available to employees who drive a personal vehicle to work or to a location from which the employee commutes to work and pays for parking.

Third Party Pre-Tax Parking Reimbursement Account Program
​Vision Benefits

Employer-paid benefit that offers you and your dependents an annual eye examination and an allowance for frames and lenses. An enhanced vision plan is also available which provides higher allowances for certain materials and other benefits.

Vision Benefits

Vision Service Plan (VSP)

(800) 877-7195

  Updated: 1/9/2020
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