This summary provides a brief overview of the City of Palo Alto's Benefit Plans available to REGULAR employees (those regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week). If there is a conflict between the information in this summary and the official plan/contracts, the official documents will determine how the plans work and the benefits they pay. The benefits described may be changed and terminated at the City's discretion.

Some employee groups have different benefits based upon negotiated Union Agreements. More specific compensation information may be found in the "Summary of Compensation" section located below.

Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)

  • 2% at 60 formula for Classic employees
  • One-year final compensation for 2% at 60 employees
  • 2% at 62 for New CalPers Members
  • Three-years final compensation for 2% at 62 employees only
  • 3% at 55 formula for Classic Safety employees
  • 2.7% at 57 for New Safety CalPers Members
  • Three-years final compensation for all Safety employees
  • Pre-Retirement survivor benefits    
  • Non-Contributory Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan
  • 90% paid employee and dependent Medical Plan (Up to the second most expensive plan offered)
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan
  • Fully paid Life and AD&D insurance equal to annual salary
  • Long Term Disability plan
  • 12 annual paid holidays (most employees)
  • Two to five weeks vacation annually depending on years of service
  • 96 hours annual sick leave (most employees)
  • Credit Union Services

The City of Palo Alto maintains compensation plans for the following seven employee groups: Limited Hourly, Hourly Unit, Classified, Police, Fire, Fire Management, and Management/Professional. Visit the Memorandum of Agreements webpage

Please note: The City does not participate in CA State Disability Insurance (SDI) or Social Security.  

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2017