Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits package demonstrates our commitment to supporting your health and well-being.

Staff RNs are represented by a collective bargaining agreement between Seattle Children’s and the Washington State Nurses Association, and are offered a comprehensive set of benefits, listed below.

Nurses not represented by the collective bargaining agreement receive the same benefits as other staff.


Seattle Children's pays for the majority of the medical/dental premium costs for the nurse, 45% of the cost for a spouse and 100% of the cost for dependent children's coverage. When enrolling in medical coverage, vision and prescription drug benefits are also included.

Vacation and Sick Leave

Annual leave is a bank of hours that can be used for vacations, holidays and other personal time off. You begin accruing annual leave on your first day of employment, as described in the collective bargaining agreement. Sick leave begins accruing on the first day of employment. Accrual amounts increase with length of service.


Seattle Children's observes eight holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

You will be paid from your annual leave bank on these holidays, unless you are scheduled to work. If you are scheduled to work, you will be paid as described in the collective bargaining agreement.

Retirement Benefits

Seattle Children's offers a 401(a) retirement plan and 403(b) tax-sheltered retirement plan. Eligibility requirements vary by plan.

Life Insurance

Seattle Children's pays the full cost for basic life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance for you. If additional coverage is desired, supplemental life insurance may be purchased at group rates for the RN, a spouse and/or children.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Through Seattle Children's flexible spending accounts program, eligible daycare and medical expenses can be reimbursed with tax-free dollars, which are set aside each pay period.

Continuing Education Support

An in-service education program is available for all nurses. RNs may receive pro-rated paid education and/or professional leave. A tuition assistance program is also available for qualified employees.

Home Ownership Program – Enhanced Benefits Group

This program offers help with locating temporary or rental housing, as well as savings on mortgages, realtor representation, home inspection, moving, carpet cleaning and maid services. For more information, call 866-505-3244 or visit Advantage Home Plus (AHP) online. Applicants are welcome to contact AHP for assistance at any time.

Adoption Assistance

Benefit of up to $2,500 for reimbursement of qualified adoption expenses.


We offer nationally-award winning transportation perks, including a deeply discounted unlimited transit pass, a $4.50 commute bonus each day you commute to work by bus, rail, carpool, vanpool, biking or walking, and complimentary shuttle service to transit connections and worksites. Seattle Children’s is a platinum-level Bicycle-Friendly Business, we provide free vanpool parking and premium carpool parking, and we have a team of transportation experts happy to help you find an affordable and convenient commute.

Hourly Wages and Other Compensation

Seattle Children's nurses hired after August 1, 2004, into staff nurse or charge nurse positions must become members of the Washington State Nurses Association. Along with our competitive starting wages, we offer these generous differentials:

  • Nights: $5.00/hour
  • Weekends: $4.25/hour (in addition to applicable shift differentials)
  • Evenings: $2.50/hour
  • Float Pool premiums: $2.25/hour (for nurses assigned to the float pools)
  • Certification pay: $1.35/hour
  • Master's degree pay: $1.00/hour


We offer wellness benefits to support your physical and emotional health, including on-site Weight Watchers, yoga and discounted Pilates, staff retreats, and discounts on gym memberships and tickets to cultural and recreational activities in the Seattle area.

Other Benefits

Learn more about the benefits of working at Seattle Children's.