SURS Employee Benefits

Paid Leave

  • Vacation – Twelve days a year minimum for non-exempt employees, 25 days a year minimum for exempt employees
  • Sick Leave – Twelve days per year
  • Parental Leave – Available for employees after six months of employment following the birth, release of a newborn from a healthcare facility to the home or upon placement or legal adoption of a child under age 18

2023 Paid Holidays

  • New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Two floating holidays after six months of employment.


  • Health Insurance – Choice of several plans
  • Dental Insurance – Provided through the state of Illinois
  • Life Insurance – State paid term life insurance equal to 100% of employee’s annual salary
  • Optional Life Insurance – Option to purchase additional life insurance up to eight times annual salary
  • Vision Care Plan – Provided through the state of Illinois

Retirement Plan

  • Employee contributes 8% of salary; benefits include retirement, disability, death and survivorship
  • Employees have the option to choose between the Traditional SURS plan, Portable SURS plan, or Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)

Optional Payroll Deductions

  • Dependent Care Program (DCAP) – Employee can defer up to $5,000 of their income in pre-tax contributions to pay for dependent care (daycare) expenses
  • Medical Care Assistance Program (MCAP) – Employee can set aside pre-tax contributions for eligible health, dental and vision expenses up to $3,050
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) –Tax-favored, interest-bearing account to pay for qualified medical expenses now, or in the future
  • Voya | SURS Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) –457(b) savings plan with the option to contribute before-tax, after-tax or a combination of both
  • MyBenefits Plus – Critical Illness, Accident Insurance, Hospital Indemnity, Legal Services, Auto Insurance, Home Insurance, Identity Theft Protection, Pet Health Insurance and Purchasing Power

Additional Benefits

  • Flexible work environment
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Annual vision care reimbursement up to $100 for each employee
  • Tuition Waivers and Reimbursement
  • Free motor vehicle parking