Penn Benefits

Benefits of Working at Penn

We’re justifiably proud of our great benefits! Penn's comprehensive total compensation program includes competitive salaries and much more.

Total Compensation

Penn faculty and staff enjoy compensation that goes beyond salary, like our outstanding health, tuition, retirement, wellness and worklife benefits. The total reward for working at Penn includes competitive pay in line with marketplace trends, plus access to a variety of resources to fit your lifestyle and career goals.

Health and Life Insurance

Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect your and your family’s health and welfare. Penn pays a significant portion of the costs for medical, prescription, behavioral health and dental benefits, and provides one times salary in life insurance at no cost.


Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse/partner, and your children can get tuition assistance here at Penn, and your children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.


Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis, and choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard. The University's contributions add to yours as you build your retirement nest egg. Penn begins contributing to your retirement account after one year of service, providing a basic contribution as well as a match on up to 5% of salary. You become vested in Penn’s contributions after three years of service.

Paid Time Off

Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be. Paid time off includes vacation, sick leave, short-term and long-term disability, and holidays, along with the University’s special winter vacation traditionally declared by the President for the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Family-Friendly Programs

Penn provides a wealth of resources to support your family needs. Programs such as backup care, Worklife Resources, and Snow Day Child Care can help when you need dependent care for children or elders. If you’re expanding your family, you may want to take advantage of options such as Penn’s generous adoption benefit and the Nursing Mothers Program.

Benefits at a Glance

Learn more about Penn's benefits

News and Announcements

Career Center
Ready for a career at Penn?

Meet Our People

See why our faculty and staff love working at Penn. View more videos.

Healthy Living Programs

Get—and stay—healthy with a variety of health and wellness resources to keep your mind and body in shape. Nutrition and fitness programs include fitness club discounts, nutritional resources, an on-campus Weight Watchers program, and the popular Penn Walking Program. Learn how to keep your body healthy at our annual health fair featuring free health screenings and a wealth of helpful information, and keep the flu at bay by taking advantage of our annual flu shot program. Use our Employee Assistance Program and Worklife Resources to maintain your emotional health.

Professional and Personal Development

Penn offers an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally. In addition to our generous tuition benefit, we offer a variety of resources to support you in learning new skills and advancing your career. Training opportunities include topics such as manager development, communication, conflict resolution, presentation skills, time management, writing and customer service. Take advantage of career-focused brown bag sessions and a career center stocked with helpful books, articles and videos. And consult with our Career Coach on your career development, skills, and mobility.

University Resources

As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

Discounts and Special Services

From arts and entertainment to cars and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Enjoy substantial discounts on new cars from Ford and General Motors, discount memberships to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or discounted access to Six Flags theme parks. And take advantage of special discounts on a range of products and services including cell phones, insurance, and home mortgages.