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Benefits

CDOT offers excellent benefits and perks to employees. That's one of the reasons we often receive more than 100 applications for a single job opening.


Among the factors that make working for CDOT so rewarding:

  • Competitive, market-based pay
  • Up to four medical insurance options
  • Dental insurance from the state's top provider
  • Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts
  • Basic life insurance at no cost to employees, with additional optional employee, spouse and dependent life insurance available
  • Short-term disability insurance at no cost to employees, with optional long-term disability available
  • Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) participation including retirement benefits and 401(k)/457 plans
  • Paid time off—including holidays, earned sick and annual leave, military, jury, and bereavement leave, and a leave share program
  • Training and other career-growth opportunities
  • Access to free programs (such as EcoPass) and statewide discounts through BenefitHub

Learn more below about these and other great reasons to join our team.

Medical & Dental Insurance

Medical

Eligible employees have several medical plans from which to choose. Medical insurance is elective, and is available for eligible employees and their family members.

The State of Colorado contributes to the cost of medical insurance, with employees responsible for a portion of the cost.

See medical plan details and rates for the current plan year.


Dental

Eligible employees have two dental plans from the state's top provider from which to choose. Dental insurance is elective, and is available for eligible employees and their family members.

The State of Colorado contributes to the cost of dental insurance, with employees responsible for a portion of the cost.

See dental plan details and rates for the current plan year.

Life & Disability Insurance

Life

The State of Colorado provides basic life insurance to eligible employees—equal to their annual salary. In addition, eligible employees can protect themselves and their loved ones by purchasing optional employee, spouse and dependent life insurance.

See coverage options and details.


Disability

With disability insurance, employees can ensure they and their loved ones are financially secure in the event of a short- or long-term disability. The state provides most benefit-eligible employees short-term disability, while long-term disability plans are available to eligible employees for purchase.

See coverage options and details.

Retirement

PERA Plan Participation

CDOT employees do not contribute to Social Security. Instead, as an employee of the State of Colorado, you and CDOT contribute a percentage of your monthly earnings to the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Employees have two PERA retirement plans to choose to participate in: the PERA Defined Benefit Plan and the PERA Defined Contribution Plan.

Learn more about PERA benefits and retirement plan options.


Optional PERA Plans

PERA also offers members the opportunity to contribute through pretax payroll deduction to the PERA 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, and the PERA 401(k) Plan.

Learn more about PERA's 401(k) and 457 plans.

FSA/HSA

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Health Care and Dependent Care

Eligible employees can enroll to participate in health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts. Contributions are made by pretax payroll deduction, and can be used for payment or reimbursement of qualifying expenses. (Health care FSAs can be used for medical, dental and vision expenses. Dependent care FSAs can be used for qualified dependent day care expenses.)

Learn more about these accounts.


Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

Beginning in 2016, not only can eligible employees contribute to a qualified health savings account, but the State of Colorado will also contribute $60 per month to an employee's Optum Bank HSA.

Learn more about HSAs—including eligibility and plan details.

Paid Time Off

Annual Leave (aka, Vacation)

The longer an employee works for the State of Colorado, the more annual (vacation) leave is earned each month. The state's leave accrual schedule (below) shows monthly and annual leave accruals.

Annual leave is available for use the month after it is earned, and annual leave is pro-rated for eligible employees working less than full time.

Years of Service Monthly Accrual Annual Accrual Maximum Carry-over
1-5 years 8 hours 12 days 24 days (192 hrs)
6-10 years 10 hours 15 days 30 days (240 hours)
11-15 years 12 hours 18 days 36 days (288 hours)
16+ years 14 hours 21 days 42 days (336 hours)
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Leave may be used the month after it is earned. Any hours accrued over the respective maximum carry-over amount must be used by June 30 of each year or they will be lost.


Sick Leave

Employees earn a set number of sick leave hours per month, regardless of their years of service. This amount is pro-rated for permanent part-time employees.

  • Monthly Accrual: 6.66 hours
  • Annual Accrual: 10 days
  • Maximum Carry-Over: 45 days (360 hours)

Leave may be used the month after it is earned. Any hours accrued above 360 and not used by June 30 of each year are converted to vacation on a five-to-one sick-to-annual-leave basis.


Holidays

Eligible employees are granted 10 paid holidays each year, as established by the governor of Colorado.

See the current holiday schedule.


Other Leave

In addition to annual leave, sick leave and holidays, employees may also be eligible for paid bereavement leave, jury leave, as well as both paid and unpaid military leave. CDOT also has a donated leave bank program for eligible employees.

Employee Development

Career Opportunities

Employees can gain experience in a variety of different areas by transferring within the department with no loss of tenure, retirement or benefits. In this way, employees can gain different career opportunities without having to change employers.


Tuition Reimbursement Program

CDOT's Education and Professional Development Reimbursement Program financially assists employees in their career and personal development. It is the intent of the program is to reimburse any qualifying employee for a portion of the designated costs for eligible activities.


Professional Development

CDOT provides both training and development opportunities for new employees to learn about the CDOT values and culture as well as specific tasks and knowledge that are necessary for an employee to be successful in his or her career.


Perks

Colorado State Employee Assistance Program

The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) makes available at no cost to employees confidential, short-term counseling to all state employees and their immediate family members.
Learn more.


Credit Union Membership

State employees and their family members are eligible for membership with the Credit Union of Colorado (formerly Colorado State Employees Credit Union, or CSECU).

Learn more.


Employee Discount Programs

Employees of the State of Colorado have available discounts, promotions and special programs from hundreds of retailers, restaurants, travel, and entertainment venues throughout Colorado, and across the country.

Check out BenefitHub to learn more.


State of Colorado Wellness Program

Earn up to $20 a month in discounts by participating in the State of Colorado's Wellness Program, powered by CaféWell. By creating an account and personalizing it with your health and wellness wish list, you gain access to a tailored set of tips, activities and articles to get you on the road to a healthy lifestyle.

Learn more about the program.

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