When hiring at Seattle Children’s, we want people who are looking to do their life’s work, not just a job.

To attract and retain the best, we provide competitive salaries, great benefits and excellent professional development. Those are some of the reasons Becker’s Hospital Review listed us as one of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.

All these benefits come on top of working in Seattle – a lively, highly livable city.


All major medical benefits are available to employees who are regularly scheduled to work at least 16 hours each week. Benefits begin after 15 to 45 days of employment, depending on your date of hire.

  • We pay 100% of the premiums for dependent children, up to their 26th birthday.

    Two medical plan options are available through Regence BlueShield and one is available through Group Health Cooperative. Prescription drug and vision benefits are available through your major medical plan.

  • We pay 100% of the premiums for dependent children, up to their 26th birthday.

    Two dental plan options are available through Delta Dental of Washington.

Financial Well-Being

Besides competitive salaries, we provide these resources for your financial stability and security.

  • We pay for life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance through The Hartford. Each is equal to your annual salary.

    Supplemental life insurance options are available for employees, dependents and spouses.

  • Long-term disability insurance through The Hartford helps protect your income. LTD applies if you become unable to work due to disability for 90 days or more.

  • Short-term disability coverage is available through The Hartford when you miss scheduled workdays because of an illness or injury. STD provides income protection for up to 90 calendar days. At that point your LTD benefit would start.

  • We have two retirement plan options for regular staff through Fidelity. These apply regardless of benefit-eligible status:

    • Seattle Children’s Retirement Plan – 401(a)
      Employees have the option to contribute to our 401(a) plan after 45 days of service. We will match 25% of the first 4% you contribute to the 401(a). After you have worked one year and 1,000 hours, Seattle Children's will contribute an additional 4% to 6%, provided you are working at least 1,000 hours each calendar year. Full vesting in the matching contribution is achieved after three years.
    • Tax-Sheltered Retirement Plan – 403(b)
      The 403(b) plan is not sponsored by Seattle Children’s. But we provide payroll deduction and on-site meetings with representatives from Fidelity. The Tax-Sheltered Retirement Plan is a 100% voluntary employee contribution and available to all employees from date of hire.

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care are available. Flexible spending accounts help you lower your taxable income when paying for out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses.

  • Seattle Children’s employees can become members of Salal Credit Union (formerly Group Health Credit Union or GHCU). Salal has a few options that are designed specifically for Seattle Children’s employees.

  • This program provides financial support to eligible employees who want to develop their career opportunities within the hospital. Employees may apply for tuition assistance after 3,000 hours of service. For full-time employees, that takes about 18 months.

    See our other support for professional development.

Time Away From Work

We have a generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan. Accrual rates increase with your years of service and begin on the first day of employment. There is no waiting period to use PTO.

Employee Care Programs

We have a variety of programs dedicated to caring for our employees' well-being.

  • AHA Gold Achievement

    Employees have convenient access to free healthcare services at four clinics operated by Vera Whole Health. One clinic is just steps from the main hospital campus. The clinics cover preventive, primary and acute care.

    This benefit is available to regular full-time or part-time employees who are scheduled to work 16 or more hours per week.

  • Our employee assistance program First Choice EAP is a free, confidential resource for help with any work or personal issues you may face. It is available to every member of every employee’s household.

    Services range from support during a personal crisis to legal services to pet-sitting referrals.

  • Seattle Children’s recognizes the benefit of a permanent adoptive home to a child who needs one. We reimburse up to $2,500 for qualified adoption expenses.

  • Alere is an award-winning program based on 25 years of research and clinical experience helping thousands of people quit tobacco. Alere provides you with ongoing support — whether you have quit successfully or not. The Alere® Quit For Life™ Program includes free nicotine patches or gum.


  • We provide discounted healthcare services for the children of employees who are treated at the hospital or any other Seattle Children’s location.

  • Our Engagement and Recognition program provides discounts for a variety of services, including:

    • Movies
    • Gym memberships
    • Sporting events
    • Haircuts
    • Massages
    • Convenient child care

Commuter Benefits

We offer great commuting benefits and were designated a Best Workplace for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation.

  • We start with personalized commuting planning on your first day.

    We follow up with assistance and advice along the way.

    • Heavily subsidized transit pass on all regional transit, Washington State Ferries and vanpools
    • Free shuttle network connecting Seattle Children's worksites with transit
    • Bicycle commuting support
    • Daily financial incentives for alternative commuters
    • Guaranteed ride home
    • Premium, discounted parking for carpools and free parking for vanpools
    • On-site Zipcars

    Bicycle Friendly Biz Award

    Seattle Children's efforts to ease our employees’ commutes are recognized in the 2015 Platinum Employer award for Commute Trip Reduction from the League of American Bicyclists.