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Compensation and Benefits

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Most UC employees are eligible for benefits, but your benefits package depends on the length of your appointment, how many hours you work, and your appointment type. Retirees are eligible based on their age and years of service credit at retirement. Learn more about benefits eligibility.

If you are represented by a union, your compensation and benefits are governed by your union’s contract.

Enrolling in Medical and Retirement Benefits

Welcome! As a new, or newly eligible, employee, you have some important choices to make about your benefits. Remember, from your eligibility date (usually your hire date), you have 31 days to enroll for medical benefits and up to 90 days to choose your primary retirement benefits. Read more about what to do if you’re a new employee.

About Your Benefits

Health Plans

As a UC employee or retiree, you have a choice of medical plans, dental plans and a vision plan for you and your family members. New UC employees can also choose to enroll in employee-paid supplemental health plans. Here you’ll find information about the plans, your costs, enrolling and disenrolling, links to carriers’ websites and more.

Retirement Benefits

UC offers comprehensive retirement benefits, including a pension plan for eligible faculty and staff hired before July 1, 2016 and a choice of primary (required) retirement benefits for those hired on or after July 1, 2016. UC also offers voluntary retirement savings plans, educational resources to help you prepare for retirement, and retiree health insurance.

Disability, Life & Accident Insurance

To help you prepare for the unexpected, UC offers insurance plans to provide a financial safety net for you and your family.

Other Benefits

Business Travel Accident Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Family Care Resources
Homeowner/Renter/Auto Insurance
Legal Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance
Pet Insurance
Tuition Discounts


The quality of faculty, staff and administrators is the cornerstone of UC's ongoing success, and UC is committed to providing competitive compensation and benefits for all UC employees. As a public institution, UC is also committed to being transparent about its compensation practices.

Learn more about:

  • Total employee compensation
  • Compensation policies for faculty, staff and senior managers
  • UC’s Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan
  • Public reporting of employee compensation
  • How UC compensation compares

Additional information about local compensation policies and practices can be found on campus websites:

Using Your Benefits

Enrolling in Medicare

Are you turning 65 soon? Whether you're still working or already retired, make sure you understand the rules about Medicare and how to enroll properly. Read more about enrolling in Medicare

Unionized Employees and Collective Bargaining

If you're represented by a union, your compensation and benefits are negotiated between UC and your union and finalized in a contract. Read your bargaining unit's employment contract, stay abreast of current negotiations and learn about collective bargaining at UC.