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    Benefits of Working at Seattle Public Schools

    Below is an overview of SPS employee benefits. A comprehensive explanation of benefits will be provided in the New Employee Orientation.

    Find out more by visiting the Sprague Israel Giles (SPS's Benefits Broker) Benefits Website and Helpline (password: sps).

    Total Compensation

    SPS employees enjoy compensation that goes beyond salary—health, retirement, wellness services, sick and personal days, professional development. The total benefits for working at Seattle Public Schools includes competitive pay and access to help keep you and your family well. More information can be found on our Compensation and Salary Placement page.

    Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Long Term Disability Plan

    District employees are automatically covered by a group dental plan, vision plan and life/long term disability plan and may participate in a choice of medical plans. All employees who work more than .5 but less than 1.0 receive prorated health benefits equal to their current FTE.

    A new state law takes effect on January 1, 2020, and all Washington State K-12 school employees will begin receiving health insurance and benefits through the statewide School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. For more information, visit the SEBB Benefits page.

    Sick Leave

    Full-time SPS Employees earn one sick day per month (teachers' sick days are front loaded at the start of each school year).

    Hourly employees and subs earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked.


    Employees who work 260+ days accrue vacation days per their collective bargaining agreements. Non-represented employees earn between 15-28 days vacation depending upon their job classification and years of service.

    Professional Development

    In Seattle Public Schools, we aspire to provide high quality professional development to affect teacher practice and student learning. Our professional development efforts provide support for teachers, school leaders, administrators and support staff to help them enhance student achievement and close the opportunity gap.

    Current employees can get more information on our Professional Development webpage (requires login)

    Employee Assistance Program

    The Employee Assistance Program offers free, confidential counseling and resources available to all Seattle Public Schools employees and their family members.

    Employee Assistance Program


    As a public employees, Seattle Public Schools employees are eligible for retirement benefits administered by the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). For information about the process of retirement, please see Retirement.

    Life Insurance and Disability Leave

    • Voluntary Term Life Insurance
    • Long-term Disability Insurance and Voluntary Short Term Disability Insurance

    Other Benefits

    • Employee Discounts
    • Flexible Benefits Plan
    • Personal Days