Employee Benefits

The City of Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing employees and their families with affordable quality benefit options. These options are designed to meet the needs of today’s families.

To attract, engage, reward and retain quality employees, the City of Pittsburgh offers a competitive benefits package. These benefits include but are not limited to the following.

Medical Coverage

Medical benefits begin the first of the month following the date of hire unless otherwise stated in a union member’s collective bargaining agreement.  


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CityFit Wellness at Work Programs and Rewards  

The CityFit Wellness at Work Program for 2017 offers employees the opportunity to earn two (2) sets of financial Rewards by engaging in and completing the following activities:

  • Biometric Screenings
  • Wellness Profile
  • Wellness Pledge
  • Monthly Check-ins and
  • One activity of your choice

Employee Assistance Program

A Confidential and completely voluntary program, unless completion is required for your position through HealthAdvocate.

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Flexible Spending Account (FSA

Eligible employees of the City of Pittsburgh can enroll in the City’s Flexible Spending Account Program. This annual program allows an employee to set aside funds for medical and other qualified expenses on a pre-tax basis. The FSA uses a Pre-Paid Debt card specifically for Healthcare Related costs. Your FSA can be used towards expenses like Co-payments, Co-insurance, eye glasses, dental or orthodontia expenses.

Dental Coverage

Eligible employees may participate in the City of Pittsburgh’s dental program through Delta Dental. Available to employees at three levels of coverage:

  • Basic  
  • Enhanced  
  • Premier  

Coverage will begin 90 days following the date of hire if chosen, unless otherwise stated in a union member’s collective bargaining agreement.

Vision Coverage

Eligible employees may participate in the City of Pittsburgh’s vision program through Vision Benefits of America (VBA). Available to employees are three levels of coverage

  • Basic
  • Enhanced
  • Premier

Coverage will begin 90 days following the date of hire if chosen unless otherwise stated in a union member’s collective bargaining agreement.

Life & Disability Insurance

Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)  

  • The City of Pittsburgh provides eligible employees with basic Life and AD&D insurance. Options for supplemental life are available.

Short Term Disability/ Long Term Disability Insurance (STD/LTD)

  • Eligible employees will be enrolled in the City of Pittsburgh’s STD/LTD Plan and be given an option to buy an enhanced plan.

Retirement & Pension  

Retirement Pension

Eligible employees are enrolled in the City of Pittsburgh Municipal, Police, or Fire Pension Plan.  

Municipal Pension Fund Office: 412-255-2655.  

457 Deferred Compensation Plan  

The City of Pittsburgh offers eligible employees the opportunity to defer compensation on a pre-tax basis into a governmental 457 Plan. A 457 plan is a voluntary non-qualified tax-deferred compensation plan that is similar to a 401K or a 403B. An employee may defer compensation into the plan on a pre-tax basis.

  • For example; if you earn $25,000 per year, and set aside $3,000 dollars into the plan, you will be taxed on $22,000 per year instead of $25,000 per year.    

  • No waiting period to begin investing or rolling over a previous savings plan. (401K) and/or (403B)  

  • There is a ceiling to how much you can invest per year. $18,000 for anyone under the age of 50. $24,000 for anyone age 50 and over.  

Deferred Comp Form  

Other Benefits  

Voluntary Benefits  

The City of Pittsburgh offers a variety of voluntary benefits including AFLAC, Legal Services, Identity Theft Shield, and Pet Insurance.  

Tuition Reimbursement Program  

Tuition reimbursement is offered to eligible employees of the City of Pittsburgh. In addition, the City partners with numerous area universities to provide special Education Partner Discount Summary. Call Pam Vogel at (412) 255-2712 for more information.  

Transportation Fringe Benefits Program  

This benefit is offered to help employees lower taxes on income used to pay for public transportation (bus passes) and parking fees.  

Please contact the Benefits Office at 412-255-2532 with any questions.