ACTIVE EMPLOYEES

City employees get many great benefits, including healthcare, paid leave, and pension. This page gives you a general summary of benefits—it doesn't cover specific details. The exact benefits you get depends on:

Health Benefits

The San Francisco Health Service System administers employee health benefits.

Even if you're a temporary employee you get health benefits, including dental and vision, if you regularly work at least 20 hours per week, and it's likely you'll work 1,040 or more hours (six months) within your first year.

Click into the links below for more details on what the City pays and what you pay:

Paid Leaves

Full-time employees earn the following paid time off. Information on additional paid leave can be found in the Employee Handbook.

  • Vacation: 10 days per year (available after one year); 15 days per year (after five years of service); 20 days per year (after 15 years of service)
  • Sick Leave: 13 days per year
  • Legal Holidays: 11 days per year
  • Floating Holidays: Four to five days per year, depending on the collective bargaining agreement

Benefit Contributions

Federal, state and local laws require you to share the cost of some benefits:

  • 2.0% of your salary to the City's Retiree Health Care Trust Fund
  • 7.5% - 10.5% of your salary as an employee retirement contribution. This amount can go up or down each year, depending on how much the City is paying. This retirement contribution became law after Proposition C was passed in 2011. Check out the voter pamphlet if you want to know more. It's important to remember that you don't lose this money. If you leave the City before you are eligible for retirement you get it back on your way out.
  • 7.65% of your salary for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA): 6.2% goes to Social Security and 1.45% goes to Medicare

RETIREES

Health Benefits

The San Francisco Health Service System administers retiree health benefits.

If you have more than five years of service when you retire you can receive health benefits. How much the City contributes depends on how long you work for the City.

  • 20 or more years of service = 100%
  • 15 or more years = 75%
  • 10 or more years = 50%
  • 5 or more years = access to coverage, but the City doesn't contribute

Click into the links below for more details on what the City pays and what you pay:

Pension Benefits

The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System administers employee pension benefits.

Most employees are eligible for a pension of 2.3% @ age 65, based on their highest three year average salary.

Additionally, most employees are enrolled in Social Security.