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Wake County offers a comprehensive benefit package as well as other programs, resources, policies and practices that integrate work/life strategies. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family.
Our benefits range from medical, dental and vision coverage to life insurance options. In addition, we offer a free health center for employees to use at no cost. We also offer a variety of retirement savings plans to meet your needs.

Health Insurance Options

Health Insurance
Wake County offers two Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans: The Standard and Premium Plan. The plans are administered by BCBSNC and  have varying coverage levels for services. The County contributes more than $400 toward the monthly cost of coverage for regular full-time employees and  a small portion of dependent coverage.

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​Dental Insurance
​Wake County offers employees two dental plans through Delta
Dental: Basic and Plus. Both options cover diagnostic, preventive and basic services, but the Plus Plan covers major services at a higher percentage. Under each option, participants can visit any dental provider. The County contributes approximately 65% of the dental premiums.
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​Vision Care
​Wake County offers two vision plans: the Standard Plan, with lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs; or the Premium Plan, with higher premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs. Vision insurance is voluntary and 100% paid by employees. The plans are administered by EyeMed.
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​Prescription Drug Plan
Wake County offers a prescription drug plan that helps reduce prescription costs, administered by CVS Caremark. Employees enrolled in the Health Plan are enrolled in the prescription plan at no additional cost.


Life & Disability Coverage

Life/AD&D Insurance
Wake County provides 1x the employee’s annual salary, capped at $200,000, in Life and AD&D insurance through The Standard Insurance Company. Employees can purchase supplemental coverage. Supplemental Life Insurance is available to spouses and dependent children. Supplemental AD&D is also available to spouses.
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Short-Term Disability
​Wake County offers short-term disability benefits through The Standard Insurance Company. Employees may choose a weekly benefit in multiples of $50, from $100 per week to $600 per week. The weekly benefit may be up to 66-2/3% of the employee’s annual salary. Employees may also choose either a 15-day or 30-day elimination period. This coverage is 100% paid by employees.
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​Long-Term Disability
Wake County provides long-term disability to eligible employees between their second to fifth years of employment through The Standard Insurance Company. The plan pays up to 60% of an employee’s monthly salary, capped at $1,500 per month.
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​Long-Term Care
Wake County offers long-term care insurance through UNUM that employees may purchase for themselves and other eligible family members. Employees may apply for benefit amounts of $2,000 or $3,000 per month and may select either a 3-year, 6-year or unlimited duration period for facility benefits. Coverage also includes home health care.


Voluntary Insurance Products

Critical Illness Insurance
Critical Illness Insurance is a voluntary, employee-paid Aflac plan that provides a lump-sum benefit to help with out-of-pocket medical and non-medical expenses that accompany covered critical illnesses. Employees and spouses are eligible for coverage and child(ren) are automatically eligible for 50% of the payable benefit. Rates are locked in at enrollment and each person insured is eligible for a $100 wellness credit per year.
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Accident Insurance
With this type of insurance, benefits are payable for injuries and services related to an off the job accident. This is a voluntary, employee-paid Aflac plan for employees and dependents. When enrolled in this plan, each person insured is eligible for a $50 wellness credit per year.
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Hospital Indemnity
Hospital Indemnity provides cash benefits to help pay for certain medical and non-medical costs associated with a covered hospital stay due to a sickness or accidental injury. This is a voluntary, employee-paid Aflac plan that is eligible to both employees and their families. When enrolled in this plan, each person insured is eligible for a $50 wellness credit per year.


Health & Well-Being Programs

Wake County provides the Living Great @ Wake Program to help employees and their families be physically, socially, emotionally and financially healthy. The program includes a diabetes management program, fitness classes, various health challenges and information on a variety of topics ranging from how to quit smoking to how to incorporate better eating habits into daily life.


Employee Health Center (EHC)

​Wake County offers an Employee Health Center, managed by Marathon Health. Services are available and free to employees and spouses covered by the health plan and do not require an employee to take leave. Staff are licensed to diagnose, treat and prescribe for a wide variety of common illnesses and injuries. With the center, employees also have access to a full range of health assessment, coaching and disease management services. The goal of the centers is to help employees achieve optimum health.
Wake County offers, which provides social, emotional, legal and financial resources to employees and immediate household members. The program is offered through McLaughlin Young Group and includes the employee assistance program (EAP), access to experts, work and life resources and online services. The program is employer paid, confidential and available 24/7.


Retirement Programs

​Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS)
Regular full-time and part-time employees (including law enforcement officers) are covered under the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System (LGERS). Participation is required for all regular employees. Employees contribute 6% on a pre-tax basis. Wake County contributes 7.25% for employees and 8% for law enforcement officers (LEOs).

Wake County currently contributes 5% on a pre-tax basis to the 401(k) plan for all benefit-eligible employees. The plan is administered through Prudential Retirement and offers both a pre-tax and a Roth 401(k) after-tax option.

Wake County offers a 457 Retirement Savings Plan that is administered through ICMA-RC and offers employees a pre-tax contribution option. IRAs for employees and their spouses are also available.


Leave Programs

​Annual Leave
Wake County grants 12–26 days of annual leave* per year for probationary or regular full-time employees based on years of service.

Years of Current &
Reinstated Service

Minutes Earned Each Month

Hours Earned
Each Year

Days Earned
 in One Year

Less than 2 years
2 but less than 5 years
5 but less than 10 years
10 but less than 15 years
15 but less than 20 years
20 years or more

Sick Leave
Wake County grants 12 days of sick leave* per year for probationary or regular full-time employees to use in cases of personal illness, disability or related examination or treatment of an employee or immediate family.

​Sick Leave Transfers
Wake County will accept unused sick leave balances from other NC LGERS or TSERS employers. Leave must be transferred within the first 6 months of employment and employment must have terminated with the prior employer within the previous 12 months.

​Wake County grants 12 paid holidays* per year for probationary or regular full-time employees.

*Full-time is defined as working at least 40 hours per week.
Part-time employees also earn leave on a prorated basis.


Work, Life & Education Programs

Shared Leave
Wake County employees can donate annual leave to other Wake County employees in need. Employees receive the donation as sick leave.

Paid Parental Leave
​Eligible employees may receive up to 6 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption, legal placement, or foster care of a child.

Community Involvement Leave
​Wake County provides employees up to 8 hours per year for involvement with their child in the schools; any volunteer activities in the schools; or any activities in a not-for-profit organization.

Flexible Work Schedule
Most County offices are open for business from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Flex-time, compressed work schedule and teleworking options may be used by employees with the advance approval of the department head.

​Tuition Reimbursement
Regular employees can apply to receive up to $1,200 annually to cover tuition and books related to accredited college courses. Tuition reimbursement is available after one year of employment with the advance approval of the department head and may be provided if there are available funds.


Financial Savings & Planning

Flexible Spending Accounts
Wake County employees may participate in the IRS-established Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for health and dependent care-related expenses. FSAs allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible health and dependent care expenses.

College Savings Plan
Wake County employees can enroll in the NC 529 College Foundation Savings Plan to start saving for college expenses. Payroll deductions for the college savings plan are an after-tax benefit.

Financial Planning
​Financial planning and educational sessions are available for employees, provided by Prudential Retirement 401(k) and ICMA 457 Plans. Free financial planning is also offered by the Local Government Federal Credit Union for Wake County employees who bank with them. All employees have to do is open a checking account for $25 to become a member.

​Retirement Planning
​Wake County provides retirement counseling for employees through our Prudential advisor.

Voluntary Product Planning
​Aflac counselors are available to meet one-on-one with employees to explain how Aflac’s voluntary benefits can help supplement the core benefits offered by the County.





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