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An Employer of Choice

At UC San Diego Health Sciences, almost 10,000 employees are helping to shape the future of health care in San Diego. UC San Diego Health Sciences consists of two professional schools – the School of Medicine, and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as UC San Diego Health System.

By becoming a part of our team, you will enjoy an excellent work environment, opportunities for professional growth and generous employee benefits. More importantly, you’ll be making a difference in people’s lives – every day.

We are dedicated to creating one of the best places to work in San Diego by providing some of the best employee benefits in the nation, including comprehensive health coverage, generous time off and a pension plan.

Benefits of working for UC San Diego Health Sciences

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Total Compensation Program

We are committed to providing a competitive compensation program for our employees. The University of California’s (UC) total compensation program is comprised of salary, health and welfare, and retirement benefits that include a generous pension plan, as well as other retirement savings options. We also offer other benefits, such as employee discounts to local businesses, insurance, bank and credit unions, wellness programs, employee assistance programs (EAP) and many other benefits and resources. Our benefits are recognized as being among the best, representing as much as 40 percent of an employees’ total annual compensation, depending on the type of appointment.

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Time Off, Vacation and Paid Holidays

We offer a generous vacation and sick leave program, including 12 days of sick leave, 13 paid holidays and paid vacation time ranging from 15 to 24 days a year depending on employment status and years of employee service.

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We offer a range of comprehensive, low premium medical plans to our employees – HMOs, PPOs, consumer directed plans and more – that meet all requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Comprehensive vision and dental plans are offered to employees at no cost. In 2014, UC will invest $1.5 billion on health and welfare benefits for its employees.

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Health and Wellness

We believe the health of our employees is critical – healthy employees can mean a happier, more productive workplace. To promote a culture of wellness, we offer employees physical activity support like yoga classes and Weight Watchers groups, as well as healthy eating options at work and more.

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UC Retirement

The retirement and savings benefits we offer are widely recognized as among the most tangible rewards of university employment. The retirement program consists of the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP), a Defined Benefit (pension) plan which offers monthly retirement income, disability income, death benefits and survivor income.

Many employers do not offer pension plans. According to a 2009 Watson Wyatt study, only 45 percent of Fortune 100 companies offer traditional or hybrid pensions to new employees, down from 49 percent in 2008 and 90 percent in 1998. Currently, UC employees pay roughly 8 percent and UC pays 14 percent to a defined benefit plan. At comparable universities with similar defined benefit plans, employees contribute up to 8 percent and employers contribute roughly 6 percent to 10 percent of pay for pension benefits.

Employees may also have access to a UC Retirement Savings Program which consists of a Tax-Deferred 403(b) Plan, a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan and a Defined Contribution Plan.

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Educational Benefits

Because we are associated with a world-class university, our employees receive a variety of educational benefits, including reduced-fee enrollment or discounts on courses at UC San Diego. In some cases, employees may also be able to arrange time off or an alternative work schedule to attend classes.

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Our benefits are put in place to attract, retain and develop a qualified and diverse workforce committed to excellence. We strive to create a workplace environment in which employees from all backgrounds communicate and work together.

UC San Diego Diversity Policy

Additional Benefits

  • Disability, life and accident insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Legal expense plan
  • Auto, home and renter’s insurance
  • Banking services, home mortgage loan programs, credit unions
  • Discounts on various recreational activities and entertainment tickets
  • Opportunity to participate in ScholarShare - California’s 529 College Savings Plan which allows pre-tax contributions used to pay for higher education expenses.

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