Employees of the State of West Virginia, receive a wide variety of financial and personal
job benefits. The benefits package includes all financial rewards that are
generally not paid directly to the employee.
These benefits are a significant part of employee "total compensation".
Below is a brief summary of the highly competitive benefits which are
available. The benefits listed apply to most permanent, full-time employees appointed
to merit system classified jobs. If you receive an employment offer, you should request
specific benefits information from the hiring agency.
Salary and Wages
Most employees in the classified service are paid twice a month. State employees,
with a specific leave balance, qualify to participate in direct deposit
of their paychecks into their banking account of choice.
Base salary ranges are based on job classification. New employees may be considered
for appointment above the minimum of the salary range if they meet specific requirements
for exceptional training and experience.
Employees are also eligible for salary and salary range adjustments authorized by
Promotion Opportunities - With over 20,000 classified positions in
there are many opportunities to compete for transfer or promotional appointment.
Employees may bid
on jobs within their own or any other agency.
The state offers a comprehensive indemnity health insurance plan which
includes benefits for hospital, surgical, major medical, prescription drug,
and other medical expenses. The state also offers medical insurance through
a variety of Plans. The state pays the major
portion of the insurance premium. Employee paid premiums for health insurance
vary by salary. Optional group dental plans are also available.
[PEIA Web Site]
Mountaineer Flexible Benefits (Optional Insurance)
The Mountaineer Flexible Benefits program allows tax-free deductions for dental,
vision, and disability insurance, as well as medical expenses
not reimbursed by regular insurance coverage (such as deductibles and
co-payments) and child/dependent care expenses.
The state provides a $10,000 decreasing term life policy with accidental death
and dismemberment benefits. Additional group rate insurance is available.
The state offers an outstanding defined benefit pension plan.
The Plan provides qualifying employees with a lifetime benefit in the years
after their State service ends. Active employees with five or more years of
contributing service , are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 60,
OR whether employed or not when the employee's age plus years of contributing
service are equal to or greater than 80, with a minimum age of 55.
Each employee contributes 4.5% of salary to the retirement system (tax-deferred).
[Retirement Board web Site]
West Virginia Retirement Plus is a supplemental retirement plan designed to provide an extra savings
alternative for all state, county, city and other political subdivision employees. This retirement program
is similar to a 401(k) plan in structure except that it is designed to supplement a participant's primary
Employee contributions to the Plan are managed via convenient payroll deductions.
There are a variety of quality investment options including one stable value fund and
twenty five mutual funds representing various asset classes. Employees can also roll over
funds into WV Retirement Plus from a former pension or 401(k) plan. Learn more here:
Annual Increment Pay
Employees with 3 or more years of qualifying service receive annual increment
pay in recognition of the value of their past and present service. The annual
increment is $60 for each full year of qualifying service, and is paid in July
of each year. For example, an employee with 12 years service would receive an
additional $720 before normal payroll deductions.
The state offers 12 paid holidays in each year.
The number of paid holidays is above the national average for both public
and private sector employees. In addition, employees generally do not work
on statewide primary and general election days.
State employees receive a generous amount of annual or vacation leave based on length of
service. The amount of leave an employee may carry forward to the next year also varies
by years of service.
Service Category Accrual Rate Carry-forward Maximum
Less than 5 years 1.25 days/mo = 15 days/year 30 days
5 years, less than 10 1.50 days/mo = 18 days/year 30 days
10 years, less than 15 1.75 days/mo = 21 days/year 35 days
15 years or more 2.00 days/mo = 24 days/year 40 days
Military Leave - State employees who are members of the National Guard or
the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for paid military leave.
Paid Sick Leave
The state offers an outstanding paid leave benefit in the event of employee illness
or injury. All full-time classified employees earn paid sick leave at a rate of hours
equal to 1.5 days each month. This is equivalent to 18 paid days per year. There
is no limit to the amount of sick leave an employee can accumulate year to year.
Sick leave may also be used for death in the immediate family or for family
illnesses/injuries and medical appointments. Also, unused annual and sick leave
may be used to increase employee retirement benefits or to extend employer paid
Family Medical Leave - The federal Family and Medical Leave
Act and the
WV Parental Leave Act provide for up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off
work during specific family/medical-related situations.
Leave Donation Program -
This program allows employees to voluntarily donate accrued annual leave
to a designated fellow employee who is suffering an extended medical emergency.
Training, and Developmental Opportunities
As a large and diverse organization, state government offer employees many opportunities
advanced training and education. Formal in-house training classes include basic job skills,
communications skills, supervision/leadership, computers, and information technology.
Many agencies also offer
tuition reimbursement for job-related training and education provided by approved
technical schools and colleges. Many agencies operate in a work team
environment. This allows significant employee flexibility in developing new skills,
trying new work methods, and controlling project outcomes.
Suggestion Award Program
Employees may receive monetary award up to 20% of the first year savings for
any approved and implemented work improvement suggestion.
Employees may participate in the West Virginia Credit Union.
A wide range of financial services are offered, including: checking accounts, ATM cards,
drive-through service, Christmas/vacation clubs, direct deposit, 24-hour banking,
traveler's checks, and loans. All deposits in the credit union are insured up
to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration.
Flexible Working Hours and Alternate Work Schedules
Most state agencies offer employees the opportunity to adjust their hours or work schedule.
At the discretion of the agency head, and within certain guidelines,
employees may be permitted a flexible starting and quitting time.
In addition, some agencies may offer opportunities for
part-time work, or
Day Care -
State approved child Day Care facilities are located at the Capitol Complex.
Many state agencies provide special wellness and health related services to
employees. Examples include: free health screening, special seminars and
presentations, organized health related activities, health contact information,
wellness promotion events, and healthy lifestyle information.
A Great Place to Live and Work
Long-time employees of State government know and appreciate the exceptional quality of life
in the "Mountain State". Its not perfect by any means, but West Virginia is a beautiful,
safe, and forward-looking place to work, grow, and raise a family.
You might say its "almost heaven".
We offer challenging jobs with competitive benefits. But most of all, we offer
opportunity. The opportunity to further your career, meet your personal goals,
and make a real difference in peoples lives.
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