Employee Benefits

The City of Kirkland offers a comprehensive and competitive employee benefits package:

Health and Welfare Benefits


Medical and Prescription - 100% paid premiums for eligible employees and dependents
Kaiser Permanente (HMO)
Healthcare Management Administrators (HDHP)
Mail Order Pharmacy

Offsite Employee Health Center and Nurseline - 100% paid premiums for eligible employees and dependents 
Vera Whole Health

Dental - 100% paid premiums for eligible employees and dependents
Willamette Dental Group (DMO)
Delta Dental of Washington (PPO)

Vision - 100% paid premiums for eligible employees and dependents
Vision Service Plan

Health Reimbursement Arrangement VEBA or MERP - City-funded tax-free health account

Flexible Spending Accounts - optional Health Care and Dependent Care pre-tax accounts

Basic Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment - 100% paid premiums; coverage of 2x annual salary

Voluntary Life Insurance - optional supplementary life insurance protection offered at competitive rates

Long Term Disability Insurance - supplemental income if disabled due to illness or injury

Employee Assistance and Work/Life Support Programs - free 24/7 access to work and life services and resources
NY Life - Employee Assistance and Wellness Support

*Costs of benefits may vary based on the applicable bargaining unit and/or part-time status*  

Retirement Savings and Deferred Compensation

Municipal Employees Benefit Trust (MEBT) - voluntary 401(k) plan with City matching contribution up to 6.2% of annual income. After 3 years of participation, City matching contribution fully vests 

Washington State Department of Retirement Systems plans (DRS) - PERS 2 or 3, LEOFF and PSERS retirement plans through pre-tax deductions

MissionSquare Retirement - 457 deferred compensation plan allows employees to contribute to a pre-tax retirement plan

Please note that the City does not participate in the Social Security Administration program and employees do not earn social security credits.  The mandatory DRS retirement plan provides the required social security replacement plan.  Any social security benefits earned at other places of employment may be reduced if they are subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision or the Government Pension.

Paid Leaves

  • 11 holidays
  • One floating holiday 
  • Community service day
  • Accrued Vacation 
  • Accrued Sick 
  • Bereavement 
  • Jury Duty 
  • Military Leave       

 *Benefits may vary based on the applicable bargaining unit*


  • Alternative work schedules 
  • ORCA cards
  • Onsite fitness facility and locker rooms
  • Onsite parking
  • Wellness incentive
  • Transportation incentive


2023 Benefits Overview Booklets and Summary Plan Descriptions:


City of Kirkland Life Insurance Policy and Certificates

Life Insurance Certificate (Basic and Voluntary) #FLX966323c01(PDF, 127KB)
ADD Certificate (Basic and Voluntary) #OK967861c01(PDF, 91KB)
Group Long Term Disability Certificate (Basic and Voluntary) #LK964339c01(PDF, 93KB)