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​Earn a competitive salary with unparalleled personal benefits.

Benefits & Pay

Penn's comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in higher education. We offer market-competitive salaries and outstanding benefits that reflect the University’s commitment to excellence.

Penn's benefits are also flexible; you can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now, and adjust them as your priorities change. You can choose a health plan to care for yourself and your family the way you want. All plans include prescription, dental, and vision, so you know your total health needs are covered. Caregiving benefits from the Work-life program also provide valuable support to balance responsibilities at work and home.

Penn will also support you as you think about the future. Saving for retirement is easy, with three plans--including a matching plan--that let you choose what to put aside and how to invest.Tuition benefits are available to you and eligible dependents. Life insurance coverage options allow you rest easy, knowing you’ve planned for the unexpected. And Penn's retiree health plans cover the University's dynamic retiree community.

Take advantage of all of Penn’s perks, from enriching wellness and work-life programs to valuable discounts and deals.

Contact Us

For Health, Life, and FSA Questions
Penn Benefits Center: 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236)

For Retirement Savings Questions
Retirement Call Center: 1-877-736-6738

Lifestyle Perks

Penn's retirement matching benefit allows me to prepare for life after Penn. In the near future, I plan to use the tuition benefit for my children.

Dave Tarampi

Senior IT Project Manager, Information Systems & Computing

Staff member since 2002

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Competitive Total Compensation

At Penn, your salary is the foundation of your total rewards package. The University’s compensation program is designed to attract, retain, and reward faculty and staff by ensuring that staff positions are classified in the appropriate pay grades and that salaries are market competitive. Penn regularly adjusts its salary structure to respond to trends in the local, national, and higher education markets. Penn's merit increase program allows for performance-based salary increases to be awarded on an annual basis. The pay structure encourages staff career development and provides managers the flexibility to recognize and reward employees for their contributions.


Your Benefits in Action

These hypothetical examples show the real dollar values* of Penn faculty and staff benefits.

Jordan's benefits prepare her for success.

Post-Baccalaureate Studies Courses at Penn LPS

$12,772

Access to Lynda.com Online Training Platform

$359.88

based on Lynda.com monthly rate of $19.99/month

Bicycle Purchase Reimbursement

$240

Penn's Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program offers bicycle commuting expenses to qualified faculty and staff for any out-of-pocket eligible expenses up to $240 annually

Be in the Know Wellness Campaign Incentives

$200

Malika's benefts helped her household to grow.

Graduate Program Course at Penn LPS

$6,386

Reimbursement for Adoption Expenses

$5,000

The University will reimburse an eligible employee up to a maximum of $5,000 of "qualified adoption expenses" may be reimbursed for the adoption of an eligible child or children.

Forgivable Loan for Home Improvements

$7,500

Be in the Know Wellness Campaign Incentives

$100

Vince looks forward to the future with confidence.

Tuition for Three Dependents Attending Other Colleges and Universities

$28,803.10

Discount for the Local Gym

$150

Loop through University City (LUCY®) Rides Between 30th Street Station to the Penn Campus

$250

Based on 125 rides per year

Be in the Know Wellness Campaign Incentives

$200

*These values are based on data from 2016-2017. Actual staff and faculty benefits and perks may vary. For details about specific benefits, please refer to pages linked above or to the Division of Human Resources policy manual.