Compensation & Benefits

Maine State Employees are eligible for an extensive and highly competitive benefits package. Major benefits are briefly described below (Note: Benefits may vary somewhat according to administrative units and specific collective bargaining agreements.). Benefits are prorated for part-time employment.

Vacation Leave

Accrual is based on years of continuous, full-time service at a rate of 10 hours per month for the first 10 years of service, 12 hours per month from 11-15 years of service, 14 hours per month from 16-20 years of service, and 16 hours per month after 20 years of service.

Longevity Pay

Once an employee has completed 15 years of service, in a position covered by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA); he/she will begin receiving longevity pay at an hourly rate.   Confidential employees (not covered by CBA) receive their longevity pay in the form of a single payment each December after completing 15 years of service.

Sick Leave

Accrual is at the rate of 8 hours (1 day) per month regardless of years of service.


State Employees are provided with 12 paid holidays per year.

Personal Days

Employees who are not eligible for overtime are provided with 2 personal days per year. Certain other classifications receive personal leave days as designated in the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Confidential employees receive 3 personal leave days per year.

Parental Leave

Paid parental leave for childbearing and adoption shall be granted to an employee with pay for their regularly scheduled hours during a period of time not to exceed fourteen (14) calendar days, beginning on and directly following the birth or adoption of the child or children.

Other Leaves

Leaves may be granted for long-term medical situations, military duty, bereavement, job-related education, and child bearing and adoption.


Group health, dental, vision and life insurance are offered by the State to the employee. 

Living Resources Program (EAP)

The Living Resources Program is available to employees and retirees of the State of Maine, Maine Community College System, Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), FAME, The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Maine Maritime Academy and all of their household members. 

Retirement Plan

Most state employees must participate in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Contributions are based on a percentage of salary.

Deferred Compensation

Tax shelter plans are available to all employees that enable them to provide for greater retirement security.

Credit Union

All state employees, retirees, and immediate family members are eligible to become members of the Maine State Credit Union.

Working Hours

At the discretion of an agency's appointing authority, state employees may have the option of choosing from several alternate work schedules.

Promotional Opportunity

As status and experience are gained, career development/growth and promotional opportunities are available.

Flexible Spending Accounts

The State offers participation in pre-tax flexible spending accounts. Employees can set aside a portion of their pre-tax earnings each pay period which can then be used to pay for certain medical or dependent care expenses.

Child Care Reimbursement

The State offers reimbursement to some employees for a portion of their child care expenses. Eligibility for this program and the amount of reimbursement is based on the employee's gross family income. Eligibility and reimbursement limits are periodically adjusted.