As a PSU employee and a valuable member of the Portland community, you are important to our success. We designed our benefits package to reflect this belief.

Benefits-eligible employees have access to outstanding health benefits, ample time off, fully paid pension plans, educational opportunities, and much more. In this section, you'll find an overview of our comprehensive and generous benefit programs as well as some helpful links to get you going in the right direction.

Benefits Eligibility

Benefits vary slightly for each type of position at PSU. See the following link to determine your eligibility.

Benefits Eligibility

Total Compensation Calculator

9 and 12 month Unclassified employees can use this calculator to see the impact our benefits program has on their appointment salary.

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What's included in the benefits package?


Medical Benefits:

Our medical benefits include medical, vision, dental coverage and $5,000 of basic life insurance.

PSU pays 95% of premium payments. PSU pays 97% for Classified staff that chooses Providence.

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These benefits are offered through The Public Employees' Benefit Board (PEBB)

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Your benefits are effective the month after you are hired and after you enroll in benefits.

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Optional Insurance Plans:

PSU offers eligible employees a set of optional insurance and are 100% employee paid. Types of optional insurance plans include:

  • Additional Life Insurance for you, spouse/partner, and children
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability Insurance (Short Term and Long Term)
  • Long Term Care
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Commuter Accounts


Learn More About Optional Insurance Plans



Portland State University employees have several retirement plan options for all employees with the exceptions of students and graduate assistants:

The pension plan will begin after completing an eligibility period.

  • Pension Plan(s) 401a
    • ORP (Optional Retirement Plan) (only unclassified staff)
    • PERS (Public Employees Retirement Services)
  • Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans can be started upon employment.
    • TDI (Tax Deferred Invest) 403(b)
    • OSGP (Oregon Savings Growth Program) 457


Learn More About Retirement Programs


Time Off:

PSU recognizes that employees need time to rest and refresh. Another crucial element of time away from the job involves maintaining income during periods of illness and/or injury. As part of the benefits package, we offer a variety of paid and unpaid time off programs to eligible employees:

  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Other Employee Leaves such as Worker's Comp and Family Medical Leave.


Learn More About Time Off Programs


Wellness Programs:

In order to maintain a healthy balance between your professional work and personal life, we are committed in providing you information on a variety of programs aimed at bringing wellness into your life. Some of the programs we provide information on include:

  • Employee Assistance Program (Resources for personal concerns outside of work)
  • Resources for families and/or children
  • Campus related benefits and services (Campus Recreation Center, PSU Library)


Learn More About Wellness Programs


Employee Discounts:

Employees of PSU are offered a variety of discounts from different companies throughout the year. These discounts often change during the year.

Employees working at least .5 FTE prior to the beginning of the term can register for classes at reduced tuition rates. This reduced rate can be transferred to eligible family members or domestic partners.

Learn More About Employee Discounts