Benefits and Incentives for SOM Employees

This page provides a brief explanation of some of the benefits that are provided by the State of Michigan according to union contracts or Civil Service Commission Rules. The compensation package the State of Michigan offers in addition to pay includes insurance benefits, leave time, paid holidays, alternative work schedules, retirement plans, and more.


Insurance Benefits 
State of Michigan employment benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability (LTD), and many voluntary benefit options. Visit the Employee Benefits Division’s Introduction to Benefits page for more details.

Leave Time 
Full time employees receive between 15 and 35 vacation days (annual leave) per year. Employees also receive 13 sick days (sick leave) per year, and an additional 8 hours of leave annually to participate in certain school functions or community activities. Employees may also qualify for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family or medical situations.

State employees receive 12 scheduled holidays each year, which include New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day just to name a few. State employees also receive Election Day off in corresponding years.

Alternative Work Schedules 
Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options are available in many positions.

Retirement Programs 
Employees may invest income in a tax-deferred retirement investment program; visit for more information on State of Michigan employee retirement plans. The state also offers two optional deferred compensation plans, the 457 and 401(k). Employees decide the amount to be deducted from their paychecks.