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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 & Wellness Programs

Health Insurance

​Wake County offers two Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans, administered by BCBSNC, with varying benefits. The County contributes more than $400.00 toward the monthly cost of coverage for permanent full-time employees and a small portion of dependent coverage.

View benefits rate sheet.  |  View plan highlights.

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​Dental Insurance

Wake County offers employees free basic dental insurance. Employees may choose a high option plan for a small fee. Administered by Delta Dental, both options cover diagnostic, preventive and basic services, with the high option providing major services. Under each option participants can visit any dental provider.
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​Vision Care

​Through your benefits with Wake County Government you can choose one of two full-service vision plans, provided by VSP or Community Eye Care. Vision insurance is voluntary, employee paid.
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​Prescription Drug Plan

​Wake County offers a prescription drug plan that helps reduce the cost of prescriptions. Effective 2014, OptumRx is the plan administrator.
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​Life/AD&D Insurance

​County provides 1x the employee’s annual salary, capped at $200,000 in life and AD&D insurance. Employees can add supplemental coverage.



​Wake County provides wellness to help you and your family get healthy and stay healthy. We offer diabetic testing and management, fitness classes and information on a variety of topics ranging from how to quit smoking to how to incorporate better eating habits into your daily life.


​Employee Health Center (EHC)

Wake County provides an Employee Health Center. Our goal is to help you achieve your optimum health. To reach this goal, the Wake Employee Health Center staff is licensed to diagnose, treat and prescribe for a wide variety of common illnesses and injuries. In addition to sick care, employees have access to a full range of health assessment, coaching and disease management services – all from a convenient location at work. Services are free to employees and pre-65 retirees covered by the health plan and do not require an employee to take leave time.


​Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

​Wake County offers Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through ComPsych. The Employee Assistance Program provides work and life resources for you and your eligible family members. The program is employer paid, confidential and available 24/7.


​Long-term Disability

​Wake County provides long-term disability to eligible employees. The plan pays up to 60% of an employee’s monthly salary, capped at $1,500 per month.


​Short-term Disability

​Wake County offers a voluntary, employee-paid short-term disability plan.


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). LGERS is a defined benefit plan. Under this type of plan the benefit you receive at retirement is based on a formula. This formula considers your years and months of creditable service, your age, and your average final compensation. Participation is mandatory for all permanent full-time employees. Wake County contributes 7.07% for employees. The Employee contributes 6%.


Wake County currently provides a 5% pre-tax contribution 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 a pre-tax 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 (40-hour work period) 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 (40-hour work period) employees to use in cases of personal illness, disability or related examination or treatment of an employee or immediate family.


​Wake County grants 12 paid holidays per year for
probationary or regular full-time (40-hour work period) employees.

​Shared Leave

Wake County employees can donate annual leave to other Wake County employees in need.

Part-time employees also earn leave on a prorated basis.


Work, Life & Education Programs

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 utilized by employees with the advance approval of the department head.

Educational Involvement Leave

Wake County provides up to 8 hours per year for school-sponsored activities, assisting in tutorial programs, serving as a guest lecturer, attending parent-teacher conferences or other school-supported activities.

​Tuition Reimbursement

​Employees can apply to receive up to $1,200 annually to cover tuition and books related to accredited college courses with the advance approval of the department head.


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 “reimburse” themselves for eligible expenses and not pay taxes on the reimbursements.

College Savings Plan

Wake County employees can enroll in the NC 529 College Foundation Savings Plan. Payroll deductions for the college savings plan are an after-tax benefit. The NC 529 plan has 14 investment options to choose from.

Financial Planning

​Financial planning and educational sessions are available for employees provided by Prudential Retirement 401K and ICMA 457 Plans.

​Retirement Planning

​Wake County provides retirement counseling for employees.


Are you a current Wake County employee?

Staff should visit the employee intranet portal for detailed benefits information, policies and forms.

Are you a retired employee from Wake County?

Retired employees can view benefit information here.