Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and Benefits


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Employees are paid bi-weekly. The City of Hays provides its employees with a step plan. Employees will be given a step on their anniversary month every year. Cost of Living Adjustments will be provided as needed.

Starting wages depends on an applicant’s education and experience.


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Health & Dental Plans: Excellent health & dental plans are available for City Employees & their eligible family members. The City subsidizes most of the health insurance premium costs.

Pension Plan: The City is part of the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS). KPERS provides retirement, life insurance, & long term disability benefits. The employee’s contribution is currently 6% which is refundable with interest if an employee terminates prior to retirement. Employees may also purchase additional life insurance for themselves, spouse, &/or children through KPERS. Visit for more information.

Holidays: The City celebrates 9 paid: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Friday After Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve.

Paid Time Off (PTO): The City of Hays uses a paid time off system of leave. This should be used for vacation, sick leave, bereavement leave, doctor’s appointments, children’s events, etc.

Short Term Disability: The City of Hays is provided short term disability insurance that provides employees with 70% of their base wages while unable to work due to eligible medical conditions for up to six months following a 14-day waiting period. The City pays the full cost of the premiums.

Employee Assistance Program: Confidential counseling services are provided free of charge to employees and their immediate family. Th website is also full of useful articles and legal documents.

AFLAC: Officers may elect optional AFLAC plan including: Accident, Cancer, Hospital, and Critical Care.

Professional Organizations: The City of Hays will pay for membership of approved professional organization as well as travel for training/conferences.

Alternative Work Schedule: The office hours of the City of Hays are 7:30—5:30 Monday through Thursday and 7:30—11:30 on Fridays. Employees have the ability, with approval, to set their own hours that works best for their work/life balance.