Benefits & Incentives for State Employees

This page briefly explains some benefits provided by the State of Michigan under Civil Service rules or union contracts. The compensation package offered by the state includes pay, insurance benefits, leave time, paid holidays, alternative work schedules, retirement plans, and more.

Insurance Benefits 
State employment benefits include health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability (LTD) insurance 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 days of sick leave per year and 8 hours of leave annually to participate in certain school functions or community activities.

Paid and Unpaid Leaves
Eligible employees may also qualify for up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave immediately following the birth or placement by adoption of a child and for additional unpaid leaves for certain family or medical situations.

State employees receive 12 scheduled holidays each year, including 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 every other year.

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

Retirement Programs 
Employees may invest in a tax-deferred retirement investment program; visit for more information on state retirement plans. The state also offers two optional deferred compensation plans, the 457 and 401(k).