When you work for DFPS, your annual base salary is just the start of your total compensation package. Here's a breakdown on the total compensation for the average state employee:

$46,475 Base pay (average state employee)
$7,411 Paid time off (holidays, sick leave, vacation leave)
$8,907 Insurance benefits
$3,843 Pay for legally required benefits (Social Security, Medicare taxes, workers’ compensation)
$4,648 Retirement contributions
$921 Supplemental pay (benefit replacement pay, longevity pay)
$72,205 TOTAL COMPENSATION

Source: A Report on State Employee Benefits as a Percentage of Total Compensation, April 2018

Your State Benefits Package

Your overall benefits package includes high-quality health coverage, a secure retirement program, and optional programs that can help you protect your income and make the most of it. The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) manages these benefits:

  • Health Benefits – The Texas Employees Group Benefits Program offers several types of coverage to state employees and their eligible family members.
  • Retirement Contributions and Planning
    • State of Texas Retirement: You, DFPS and the State all contribute to a retirement fund throughout your career. When you’re eligible and ready to retire, you’ll receive a monthly payment for the rest of your life.
    • Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program: This voluntary savings program can help you save even more for a secure retirement. Invest in your future now and use the funds after you retire to add to your State of Texas retirement and Social Security income.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program - DFPS is a qualifying organization for this program which forgives the remaining balance on college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments. 
  • Optional Add-on Benefits - Optional benefits allow members to select additional health and related benefits at an added cost. These include:
    • Dental Coverage
    • Vision Insurance
    • Disability Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • TexFlex Health Savings Account
    • ERS Discount Program

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