Benefit Information

County Employee Benefits

Washington County offers a plethora of benefits and perks to our employees. Here is an introduction to our benefit programs. Note that benefits may vary based on bargaining agreements or union affiliation.


We are committed to compensating our employees competitively and equitably. Generally, new employees are hired at the minimum of the salary range for their job classification. You can find the salary ranges for all of our positions here.

Pay Dates

County employees are paid via direct deposit on a bi-weekly schedule with pay days being every other Friday. New employees received their first pay check within 30 days from their start date.


The county observes eleven holidays.

Time Off Programs

We offer paid time off for employees to be able to enjoy time away from work. The type of program and amount of paid time varies depending on the bargaining agreements or union affiliation.

Health, Dental, and Life Insurance

Washington County offers a flexible benefits plan. Employees working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for all benefits offered by the plan. Employees working 14-19 hours per week are eligible for the life insurance and long-term disability insurance.  Employees become eligible on the first of the month following their date of hire.

Additional optional coverages include:
  • Dependent care expense reimbursement account
  • Health care expense reimbursement account
  • Vision insurance
  • Employee, Spouse and Dependent optional life insurance

Retirement Programs

Employees of Washington County participate in Public Employees Retirement Association (P.E.R.A.) Both the employee and the employer make contributions in accordance with current legislative requirements. We offer optional deferred compensation plans as well.

Disability Insurance

We offer short-term (optional) and long-term disability insurance for all benefit eligible employees.

Wellness Program

Washington County offers a health and wellness program available to all county employees that includes health related resources, wellness challenges, and events.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All full- and part-time employees and their dependents are eligible for assistance through the EAP at any time.  With EAP employees can get professional assistance and support for personal issues including relationships, financial problems, loss and grief, and more. 

Loan Forgiveness Program 

Washington County qualifies as a “public service organization” to help you qualify for this partial student loan forgiveness program. View the Public Sector Student Loan Forgiveness Notice or visit for more information.

Note: Additional information may be requested through the Human Resources Department at 651-430-6081. Statements in this synopsis are not to be considered binding upon the county except when they are restatements of terms and conditions of employment as contained in labor agreements.

Other Benefits
Washington County has partnerships with Hamline University and St. Catherine University to offer employees tuition discounts.