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Pay & Benefits

It takes a special kind of person to work at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). The people who work for CSUSM are vital to accomplishing its mission. That is why our employees are the most valuable part of our organization. CSUSM offers a comprehensive total rewards package of benefits that includes health plans, employee programs, savings plans, retirement and so much more!

The programs and benefits you receive as a CSUSM employee vary based on appointment type, collective bargaining agreement and location. If you join CSUSM, you may be eligible for the following benefits:

Health and Well Being:

  • Medical (includes prescription drug coverage)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employer-paid dental coverage
  • Employer-paid vision coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care & Dependent Care)
  • Employer-paid basic term life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
  • Employer-paid long term disability insurance
  • Long-term care insurance

Advance your Career:

  • Fee Waiver (tuition assistance)
  • Learning and development opportunities (instructor led & online)

Take time to recharge:

  • 13 paid holidays and one personal holiday per year
  • Vacation
  • Sick pay and short-term disability
  • Leaves of absence programs

Save for your future:

  • CSU 403 (b) Tax Sheltered Annuity Program
  • Savings Plus Thrift Plan 401K
  • Savings Plus Deferred Compensation Plan 457
  • California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Pension
  • CalPERS Retiree Health and CSU Retiree Dental Benefits

Voluntary Benefits:

Beyond Salary

CSUSM offers a robust benefits package. The Total Compensation Calculator is a tool that demonostrates the significance of CSUSM's benefits pacakge. Click on the calculator below to learn more!

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Employee Benefits Summaries

  • Physicians (Unit 1)
  • CSUEU (Units 2,5,7,9)
  • Faculty (Unit 3)
  • Academic Support (Unit 4)
  • Skilled Crafts (Unit 6)
  • Public Safety (Unit 8)
  • Teaching Associates (Unit 11)
  • Management Personnel Plan (M80)
  • Confidential (C99)