Perks and benefits

UW makes sure you have what you need from day one:

  • An array of comprehensive medical and dental plan options with virtually no waiting period
  • Generous retirement plans with matching contributions
  • Life insurance and long term disability insurance
  • Generous time off accruals and paid holidays off
  • Tuition exemption
  • The Whole U’s health and well-being programs
  • Growth potential into a variety of staff positions (academic, health care, and more)
  • Discounts from local businesses

We have you covered for anything life could throw your way. Review the UW Benefits Summaries for more details.

Beyond the basics

All eligible employees enjoy a generous retirement plan. Plus, you can grow your “nest egg” even more if you choose to enroll in our tax-deferred Voluntary Investment Program.

Save money on your medical expenses with our tax-exempt Flexible Spending Account. Use our Dependent Care Assistance Program to take a pretax salary deduction to pay for dependent care expenses.

The UW tuition exemption program gives you the chance to go back to the classroom. Use the knowledge you gain to make an even greater impact or to explore something new. Your options are as vast as the University itself.

Washington State Employee Assistance Program (WA EAP) offers confidential, in-person assessment and short-term counseling by local professionals for any issue that may cause concern for an employee or employee’s family member. Examples include stress, work-related problems, family and parenting concerns, relationship issues, drug/alcohol problems, financial questions, and grief and depression. The initial consultation is free, as well as limited session(s) with a license therapist, attorney, or financial planning specialist.

The Whole U

Take advantage of The Whole U—a nationally recognized wellness and community building program – that connects you with the UW community. Explore the website to find articles, events, and activities that focus on staying active and healthy, engaging your hobbies and interests, volunteering, navigating life changes, and more.

Husky extras

What does the UW have that other employers lack? Students. In a university atmosphere with a new batch of students each fall, the perks of being involved at UW go beyond your cubicle.

  • Discounts from local businesses keep our communities strong and local. Whether you’re looking for lunch or doing some last minute shopping, our partners make it easier for you to get what you need, when you need it.
  • Want to commute with ease? The U-PASS gives you an unlimited number of rides on busses and light rail. Even if you live nearby, your U-PASS will make it easier to travel throughout Seattle and beyond.
  • Art galleries, museums, and our beautiful libraries are always open to employees. The Burke Museum has special events all throughout the year to illustrate history in Washington and discover ancient secrets from the Pacific Northwest. At Suzzallo Library, enjoying the view of Mt. Rainier can become a daily ritual – at least when the clouds don’t get in the way.