Summary of Benefits for Clerical and Service Staff

This summary provides a high-level overview of many of the key benefits valued by Purdue faculty and staff. Most benefits are effective with the first day of employment and are offered on a calendar-year basis.


Purdue offers three medical plan options, allowing you to choose the plan that’s best for you and your family. A brief description of each plan is included below, and a summary comparison of the three plans is provided at

  • Purdue Health Plan: A traditional PPO plan with a deductible/coinsurance structure
  • Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 1: A high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account
  • Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 2: A high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account; higher deductible/ out of pocket maximum, lower premium than the Purdue Health Plan Plus HSA 1 plan.

One nationwide network of preferred providers serves all three plans.

Prescription coverage is provided with all medical plans. Benefit details can be found at

Your premium is based on which of the three plans you choose, whether you cover just yourself or also cover family members and your salary tier. A premium chart is available at


Vision coverage is provided through Vision Service Plan (VSP) for all benefits-eligible employees. In addition, all family members covered on a Purdue medical plan are automatically covered. Vision premiums are included as part of the medical plan premiums. For more details, visit


An employee-paid dental plan is offered through Delta Dental. A summary chart of the coverage and premiums is available at

Two plan options are offered. One requires use of in-network dentists. The second plan allows more choice in selection of dental providers. To view a list of participating providers, go to the following link, and select "Delta Dental PPO."

Flexible Spending Accounts

The flexible spending account (FSA) program lets you pay for specific, IRS-allowed expenses using tax-free money. Any amount you elect annually is available to reimburse you for qualifying health care, vision, dental and/or dependent care expenses you experience during the calendar year. For more details, go to


The University has four basic retirement plans. For additional information, visit currrent employees retirement

Base Retirement Plan

Defined Benefit (Pension) Plan: For employees hired before 9/9/13 and all police/fire employees, the University contributes to the state of Indiana’s Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF) on your behalf. Purdue also makes a three percent contribution to a separate annuity savings account in your name. After you complete 10 years or more in a PERF-covered position, the plan provides for a monthly benefit when you retire or stop working at Purdue. The annuity savings account is immediately vested and available to you upon retiring or leaving Purdue employment.

Purdue Matching Retirement and Savings Plans

Benefits-eligible clerical, service, and operations/technical staff are eligible for a University-funded retirement contribution upon the date of employment. This plan is administered by Fidelity.

Voluntary Savings Plan Options – Administered by Fidelity Investments

403(b) Voluntary Savings Plan: This plan allows you to put aside additional pre-tax retirement savings, up to the annual IRS limits. (For 2015, the limit is $18,000. Employees age 50 or older may contribute $6,000 more.) A ROTH component allows you to make after-tax contributions. Funds are immediately vested and are available when you reach age 59½, retire or stop working at Purdue.

457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan: This plan allows you to put aside additional pre-tax retirement savings, up to the annual IRS limits. (For 2015, the limit is $18,000. Employees age 50 or older may contribute $6,000 more.) Funds are immediately vested and are available when you retire or stop working at Purdue.

Life Insurance

The University provides a basic level of term life insurance equal to 1½ times your salary, up to $500,000. Additional term life coverage is available for employees, spouses/same-sex domestic partners and children. The University also provides a basic level of accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D) of $15,000. Additional coverage is available for employees, spouses/same-sex domestic partners and children. More information regarding life insurance coverage is available at


The University has two disability programs for clerical/service staff: short term disability (STD) and long term disability (LTD). Both programs offer income replacement during times when you cannot work due to illness or injury. Additional information regarding the disability programs can be found at

The employee-paid STD program is available to clerical/service staff after one year of service. Following a 21-day waiting period, the program pays a benefit equal to 65 percent of your budgeted salary until you are either eligible to return to work or you reach the point when long term disability benefits begin.

LTD coverage begins immediately, with you and Purdue each paying half the cost. The plan pays 65 percent of your base pay in the event of disability that lasts more than 90 calendar days. A one-year pre-existing condition clause applies.

More information regarding the disability program can be found at”

Voluntary Benefits Program

Purdue’s Voluntary Benefits Program connects employees to insurance carriers who offer an array of employee-paid benefits. The program offers the value of group rates, and in some cases, the convenience of payroll deduction. You can find more information on each of the benefits listed below at

Accident Insurance - Helps protect you and your family from the costs of unexpected accidents. Includes benefits for initial care, injuries, hospitalization, follow-up care, transportation and lodging.

Auto and Home Insurance - Offers auto and home coverage, plus a wide range of other property and casualty insurance products.

Critical Illness Insurance - Pays a lump sum benefit if you’re diagnosed with a covered critical illness, such as heart attack, cancer or stroke.

Pet Insurance – Provides health insurance coverage for your pet’s treatments, surgeries, lab fees, X-rays and much more.

Pre-paid Legal Services - Provides unlimited access to in-network attorneys at an affordable monthly rate.

Long Term Care Insurance - Designed to help reimburse charges for care you may need if you are chronically ill. Covers care received in a nursing or assisted living facility, at home, or in community settings such as adult day care centers.

Universal Life Insurance - Provides life insurance with long term care benefits. Universal life insurance expands family life insurance protection during working years and provides full living benefits during retirement.

Paid Leave Benefits

For details on all available leaves, go to

Holidays - The University provides 10 paid holidays per year:

  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (2 days)
  • Christmas (2 days)
  • President’s Designated Holiday
  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day

Vacation - Clerical/service staff employed on a 12-month, full-time basis accrue 10 paid vacation days during their first year of employment. During each subsequent year of continuous employment, total paid vacation increases by one day, until the employee reaches the maximum of 20 days per year. Employees may carry forward a maximum of 40 vacation days into each new calendar year.

Sick Leave - Full-time clerical/service employees accrue sick leave at the rate of two weeks per year. Employees may use up to 10 of their available sick leave days per fiscal year (July-June) for family illness. Unused sick leave carries forward to the next fiscal year. During an extended illness, sick leave benefits will be paid based on the employee’s normal workweek and may be coordinated with disability benefits.

Personal Holiday - Clerical/service staff earn one personal holiday each fiscal year.

Paid Parental Leave - Paid parental leave (PPL) provides parents additional flexibility and time to bond with their new child, adjust to new family situations and balance their professional obligations. Employees must have been employed by the University for at least one continuous year, half-time or more, in a benefits-eligible position to qualify.

Eligible Person(s) Maximum Time Allowed
Birth Mother/Father and adoptive parents  240 hours (6 weeks)

Bereavement Leave - Paid bereavement leave is available due to the death of an immediate family member, other relatives and fellow employees.

Military Leave - The University grants up to 15 workdays of paid leave per year to allow employees to fulfill their responsibility when ordered to report for military duty. The University grants unpaid leave for military duty that extends beyond 15 workdays in a calendar year.

Purdue University Employee Exclusives

Center for Healthy Living - The Center for Healthy Living on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus brings together a wide array of services to treat common illnesses and promote health. Services include laboratory, wellness and lifestyle management, medication therapy management and behavioral health. For more information on the Center for Healthy Living, go to

Tuition Fee Remission - Purdue offers a tuition fee remission benefit for employees, their spouses/same-sex domestic partners and children. Additional criteria may be required for eligibility, and certain programs may not qualify. Tuition fee remission details can be found at

Rates are approved annually by Purdue’s Board of Trustees. For the tuition and fees listing for Purdue staff, spouses/same-sex domestic partners and children, go to

Additional Perks

The following and more are available:

  • Free CityBus transportation
  • Discount programs with area retailers
  • Campus fitness, athletic and entertainment discounts
  • Purdue technology/software discount
  • Library access
  • Purdue Farmer’s Market
  • Access to dining courts and other eateries

Local Cost of Living and Salary Expectations

The cost of living in a particular geographic area should be a key consideration in your salary expectation when you are job hunting. Listed below is a link where you can enter your current salary and location and learn what the comparable salary would be in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area.

Cost of living calculator:

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