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Benefits Overview

The information on this page is intended to provide a general summary of benefits available to employees of the City and County of San Francisco and is not legally binding. The exact benefits an employee is entitled to receive is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between the City and County of San Francisco and the employee organization or union representing the employee's classification, as well as various provisions of ordinances, the Charter and Civil Service Commission Rules. Provisional and Temporary Exempt employees may not be entitled to receive some or all of the benefits listed below.

Health Benefits

City employees who are hired with a regular work schedule of twenty hours or more where there is a reasonable expectation that the employee will work 1,040 or more hours within 12 months of appointment are eligible for health insurance, including dental and vision coverage upon hire.

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 contribute 2% of pay on a pre-tax basis to the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund.  Retiring employees have access to retiree healthcare if they have more than 5 years of service upon retirement.  Retirees receive 100% of the City's contribution to retiree health care with 20 or more years of service, 75% with 15 or more years of service, and 50%  with 10 or more years of service.

For more information about San Francisco's health benefits, please visit the Health Service System web page.



The City provides 11 paid legal holidays for employees who work a regular schedule of at least 10 hours per week.

Paid Vacation

The City provides paid vacation leave for regularly-scheduled employees who have completed one year or more of continuous service.  Additionally, certain temporary exempt employees may also be eligible for vacation benefits.  Employees are not eligible to use vacation leave during the first year of continuous service.  Vacation benefits are provided according to the following schedule:

  • 1 to 5 years of service - 10 days per year
  • 6 to 15 years of service - 15 days per year
  • After 15 years of service - 20 days per year

Uniformed members of the Fire Department may have different allotments depending on their schedules.  These employees should consult their department's procedures for details.

Paid Sick Leave

The City provides sick leave for employees who work a regular schedule and who have completed six months or more of continuous service.  Such employees accrue sick leave at the rate of thirteen days per year.

 For policies on other leave types, please consult the Employee Handbook.

Other Benefits


The City provides employee retirement benefits through the San Francisco City and County Employees' Retirement System (SFERS). SFERS provides a defined benefit pension, funded by a combination of employee contributions, employer contributions and investment earnings. SFERS administers separate plans for safety and miscellaneous employees. Please visit the SFERS web page for more information about retirement benefits.

Last updated: 3/19/2015 11:28:33 AM