Employee Benefits


The Employee Group Insurance website includes detailed information about medical, dental, vision, life, personal accident, and long-term disability insurance programs available to UT Southwestern employees.

Retirement Benefits

Participation in a retirement program is mandatory for all benefits-eligible employees. All benefits-eligible employees begin participation in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) on their first day of employment. In TRS, the employee contributes 7.7 percent of their annual salary and UT Southwestern Medical Center supports the TRS program by contributing 6.8 percent of the employee's annual salary.

Some employees, based on specific job titles, may be eligible to opt out of TRS and instead participate in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP)

In addition to the TRS or ORP Retirement programs, all employees may participate in the UTSaver TSA 403(b) and/or the UTSaver DCP 457(b) retirement programs. Learn more about these voluntary retirement programs.

Employees should also consult the Social Security Administration for retirement information.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

All UT Southwestern employees are covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance. The insurance covers medical expenses for reasonable and necessary care as prescribed by law and, in some instances, provides income benefits for lost wages, in the event of a work injury or notification by an employee that an occupational disease has been contracted.


There are paid holidays each fiscal year. Employees also accrue two hours of floating holiday each month.


New employees accrue eight hours per month of vacation time, which may be used after six months of employment.

Sick Leave

Sick Leave is accrued at a rate of eight hours per month. There is no waiting period for use of sick leave and no maximum allowed accrual.

Prior State Service

UT Southwestern employees are eligible to receive credit for prior State of Texas employment. If employed on a full-time basis, an employee may qualify for higher vacation accruals and longevity pay once the employee's length of prior state service has been confirmed.