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.

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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 Kaiser Permanente. 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 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 one continuous year of service at a 0.4 FTE or above.

    See our other support for professional development.

Time Away From Work

We have a generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan. Accrual rates begin on the first day of employment, are prorated for FTE, and increase with your years of service. Once accrued, PTO hours are available for use.

Seattle Children’s PTO benefits provide eligible employees with a flexible bank of hours – for vacation, personal days, family commitments, short sicknesses and holidays. You decide how to manage your PTO hours, although scheduling time off requires advance notice and your supervisor’s approval to ensure work coverage in your absence.

  • Seattle Children’s recognized holidays are below and are part of the Paid Time Off (PTO) bank:

    • New Year’s Day
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Presidents’ Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Christmas Day
    • Floating Holiday

    (RN days off are governed by the WSNA contract.)

  • We support our employees’ right to job protection as they take care of the health of themselves and close family members.

    Read about employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (PDF).

  • Benefits-eligible employees have a separate leave bank of 80 hours for qualified bonding leave (birth, adoption, foster placed to adopt) at 100% of their regular rate of pay (pro-rated by FTE). This benefit is available to eligible employees after one year of employment.

Be Well: Employee Well-Being Program

We offer a variety of resources to support our employees on their journey to health and well-being.

  • Employees have convenient access to free preventive, primary and acute care services at a network of area clinics operated by Vera Whole Health, including a location just steps from the main hospital campus. This benefit is available to employees (and their spouses and adult children) who are enrolled in medical coverage through Seattle Children’s.

  • Employees have access to free on-demand primary care on their mobile phone via a secure messaging–based application operated by 98point6. This benefit is available to employees (and their spouses and adult children) who are enrolled in medical coverage through Seattle Children’s.

  • Employees have access to free, unlimited health coaching through Vera Whole Health. Whether you need help to improve your nutrition or fitness, stop smoking, manage stress or carve out more time for your family, Vera’s health coaches will help you set and achieve your goals by creating a plan with you that fits your lifestyle. This benefit is available to all Seattle Children’s employees (and their spouses and adult children) who are enrolled in medical coverage through Seattle Children’s.

  • Our employee assistance program, First Choice EAP, is a free, confidential resource for help with any work or personal issues you may face. Services range from support during a personal crisis to legal services to pet-sitting referrals. This benefit is available to employees and their spouses/domestic partners and dependent children (up to age 26).

  • Employees have access to the American Cancer Society and Optum’s Quit for Life program. The program integrates free medication, web-based learning and confidential phone-based support from expert quit coaches to help put individuals on the road to being tobacco-free. This benefit is available to employees and their spouses/domestic partners.

  • 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.

  • Rethink provides families with best-practice resources and training to support their children with developmental disabilities or challenges with learning and behavior. It’s available to all Seattle Children’s employees at no cost.


  • 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

Transportation Benefits

We offer nationally-award winning transportation perks that are both generous and flexible. We're here to help you find convenient and affordable options for getting to work each day.

  • Seattle Children’s employees enjoy (eligibility requirements may apply):

    • Deeply discounted unlimited ORCA transit pass – good for bus, train, light rail and foot ferry rides, and pays half of vanpool fare
    • $4.50 daily cash bonus on days you commute to work by train, bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycling or walking
    • Free shuttle service connecting worksites to regional transit hubs
    • Personalized commute assistance
    • On-site Staff Bicycle Service Center – full service bike shop offering discounts on bicycles, gear and accessories
    • Two free annual bicycle tune-ups
    • Company Bike Program – free use of a bike when you commit to biking to work twice a week
    • Free bike classes, lockers, showers, towel service and secure parking.
    • Free rides home when you don’t drive and the unexpected occurs
    • Premium parking for carpools and free parking for vanpools
    • Free vanpool parking and premium carpool parking save you money and grant you access to onsite parking
    • Pay-per-use parking rates that differ by time of day – depending on your worksite, parking will cost between $2 and $15 per day. Daily parking costs allow flexibility in how you get to work each day.
    • Offsite parking for many hospital campus workforce members, with frequent shuttles to the hospital, allows us to preserve our limited on-campus parking for patients and families.

    Read an overview of Seattle Children's transportation perks (PDF).

    Bicycle Friendly Biz Award

    Seattle Children’s efforts to ease our employees’ commutes are recognized in the 2016 Platinum Employer award for Commute Trip Reduction from the League of American Bicyclists.

    Best Workplace for commuters

    Seattle Children’s was designated one of 2018’s Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering exceptional commuter benefits.

  • We start with personalized commute planning at your on-boarding appointment and follow up with assistance and advice along the way.