The City of Saint Paul is known for its awesome benefits. The City has a number of separate unions and bargaining units and the exact nature of benefits varies with each one of these contracts. Below is a brief description of benefits that apply generally. Contracts, Benefit Summaries per Contract, and Salary Schedules are available thru Labor Relations for more specific information. 


The salary varies with the bargaining unit, grade, position, seniority, etc. The salary range is included in the relevant job announcement and in the job description.  (The salary range indicates that employees normally progress to higher salary “steps” or higher salary levels over time and with satisfactory performance.) Employees are paid every two weeks (bi-weekly).

City-Paid Benefits


New employees generally earn ten (10) days of vacation per year. This increases with seniority and varies with bargaining unit. Fifteen (15) or more days of vacation is generally earned after five (5) years with the City. Most City employees receive eleven (11) paid scheduled holidays.

Sick Leave

The majority of City employees earn 14 sick days per year and this accrues with no limit.

Life Insurance

When eligible, each employee receives City-paid term life insurance; the exact amount depends on the bargaining unit. Additional life insurance is available at a group rate.

Health Insurance Benefits

Medica is the City’s current health care insurance provider. Typically, the employer (City) makes a contribution beginning the first of the month following 30 days of employment. The amount of the City’s contribution varies with the bargaining unit. In general, the City pays the vast majority of the premium for the health plans offered. The employee's contributions are automatically deducted with pre-tax dollars. Two preventive dental visits per year are included under the medical plans.

Subsidized Metro Bus Plan

The City subsidizes a significant portion of bus passes for employees.

Employee Development

There is a modest tuition reimbursement program and there are other training opportunities. Promotion opportunities are also available commensurate with qualifications.

Deferred Compensation

A tax deferred 457 compensation plan is available through the State of Minnesota's Deferred Compensation Plan and VOYA, Inc. This is available immediately upon hiring.  
Contact Information:
MNDCP 800-657-5757 or 651-296-2761
VOYA 800-262-3862

Optional Benefits

Flexible Spending Accounts

Medical expenses not covered by insurance, parking expenses, and child care expenses can be paid out of “pre-tax” dollars through flexible spending accounts. The City pays the administrative costs associated with flexible spending accounts.

Dental Plan

Dental insurance is available for purchase at a group rate. Although the provider is HealthPartners Dental, medical insurance is not a prerequisite in order to enroll in dental coverage. Dental premiums will automatically be deducted as pre-tax dollars if you elect this plan.

Life Insurance

Additional life insurance above the amount provided by the City is available for the employee, spouse, and dependents at a group rate after eligibility.

Disability Insurance

Short-term disability insurance and long-term disability insurance is also available for purchase at a group rate.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Employees may purchase this insurance at a minimum monthly charge. Spousal coverage is also available under this plan.

Long Term Care Insurance

New employees may purchase this insurance without proving evidence of insurability. Coverage is also available for spouses, parents, in-laws and grandparents; however, they are subject to underwriting.

Retirement PERA

Most City employees are covered by the Public Employee's Retirement Association (PERA) which is also the retirement system of other public jurisdictions and most State employees. Employees contribute and the City matches your contribution to PERA. PERA is “transportable” to many other public jurisdictions in Minnesota.  Contact Information: 651-296-7460

 Public Service Loan Forgiveness  Program 

​The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. A number of employees have participated in the program! Check it out!  Additional Information

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Last Edited: May 31, 2023