Compensation and Benefits

Employees of the Minnesota State system receive a competitive pay package that includes several benefits through the State of Minnesota. Part-time employees may also be eligible for benefits. Our employee benefits include:

  • Time-off benefits
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability and long-term care
  • Pre-tax benefits
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Tuition Waivers

All state employees are covered by either a union contract or a compensation plan. See the employee and labor relations section for information about a specific union contract or plan, and view the menus below for an outline of benefits and services available to Minnesota State employees.

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Minnesota State offers a mix of mandatory and voluntary retirement plans. All mandatory contributions are invested on a pre-tax basis. We encourage you to review the full array of benefits and to become actively involved in planning for your future.

Learn more about our retirement plan options

State Employee Group Insurance Program

The State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) provides a variety of health and well-being benefit programs for state employees and other organizations that participate in SEGIP.

The state's health benefits include medical and optional dental insurance, a pharmacy benefit, and programs that offer health coaching and worksite wellness initiatives.

Wellbeing programs include life, disability, and long-term care insurance; and pre-tax spending accounts for medical, dental, vision, childcare, parking, and commuting expenses.

Through its employee assistance program, SEGIP also supports employee wellbeing at home and in the workplace.

New employees wishing to enroll eligible dependents in health and/or dental insurance must do so within 35 days of their hire date. Current employees moving into a benefit-eligible position must enroll dependents within 30 days. If you do not enroll dependents during these time frames, you will be enrolled into single coverage and will need to wait for an open enrollment period to enroll your dependents.

Visit the State Employee Insurance Program (SEGIP) website

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides expert, confidential, personal consultation for concerns including financial and legal matters, relationship challenges, and personal and family problems. The EAP for state employees and family members is provided by LifeMatters.

Visit the Employee Assistance Program website

Family Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are entitled to up to 26 weeks of job-protected leave to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness.

Visit the Family Medical Leave Act website

Minnesota State offers a tuition waiver benefit to most employees, their spouses and dependents based on criteria provided in the various union contracts or salary plans. The waiver covers the cost of tuition and, in some cases, course fees.

The State Workers' Compensation Program covers approximately 54,000 employees of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government, along with employees of some quasi-state agencies such as the State Fair and the Minnesota Historical Society.

The self-insured, self-administered program provides and coordinates claims management, disability management and managed health care for state workers who are injured on the job and offers workers' compensation legal services for state agencies. To report an injury, file a claim, seek care or find additional resources, use the links below.

Visit the State Workers' Compensation Program website

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