Benefits for Unclassified and Faculty Staff Picture


Wichita State University is a state regent university offering competitive wages, excellent benefits, and valuable training and development programs. A summary of the benefits offered to benefits-eligible Unclassified and Faculty employees are listed below.

Paid Time-Off Benefits
Vacation Leave 22 days per year (earned pro-rata at 6.77 hours per bi-weekly pay period)
Sick Leave 12 days per year (earned pro-rata at 3.7 hours per bi-weekly pay period)
Holidays 8 days standard
Discretionary Day As approved each year by the governor
Funeral Leave Up to 6 days

Health Insurance
WSU offers several health insurance options through the State Employee Health Plan. All options are PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans. Details on these plans can be found at

Dental Insurance
WSU offers a dental plan option, which is linked to health insurance enrollment. The plan is insured through Delta Dental of Kansas as part of the State Employee Health Plan.

Vision Insurance
Voluntary insurance for lenses, contacts and frames is available through Superior Vision as part of the State Employee Health Plan. There are two tiers of coverage available, depending on vision needs.

Life Insurance
Basic life insurance is provided in the amount of 150% of the employee’s annual base salary. Supplemental life insurance is available for employee purchase.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Section 125 Plans are available for employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for certain medical related expenses and/or dependent care expenses (including health/dental/vision premium amounts).

Retirement Benefits
Unclassified employees are covered by the Kansas Board of Regents 403(b) Retirement Plan. Once an employee becomes eligible, participation is mandatory. Currently the employee contribution is 5.5% of gross wages and WSU contributes 8.5%. The employee is immediately vested in both the employee and employer contributions.

Supplemental retirement options are available for employee’s to make additional deferrals (no employer matching contributions).
Kansas Board of Regents Voluntary 403(b) Plan

State of Kansas Deferred Compensation (457) Plan

Long-Term Disability
Long-term disability insurance is provided at no cost to employees. This coverage provides 60% income replacement to employees with a qualifying disability after a 180 day waiting period.

Tuition Assistance
There are two tuition assistance programs offered through the University. Please visit the Human Resources Tuition Assistance website for specific information on these programs.

Training and Development
Numerous opportunities for training and development are provided to faculty and staff. Please visit our webpage for specific training and development opportunities.
Training and Development


Revised: 08/07/2018