Employee Benefits

We provide competitive benefits, as summarized below, to help attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce.

Health Insurance

  • Provided by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (BCBSNC)
  • $750 deductible for individual and $1,500 deductible for family (in-network benefits)
  • OWASA pays for 100% of employee-only coverage & 50% of optional spouse/domestic partner/dependent coverage
  • Coverage begins on the 1st of the month following the employee's first 30 days of employment

Dental Insurance

  • Provided by BCBSNC
  • $50 deductible (2 cleanings per year are not subject to the deductible)
  • OWASA pays for 100% of employee-only coverage and 40% of optional spouse/domestic partner/dependent coverage
  • Coverage begins on the 1st of the month following the employee's first 30 days of employment

Vision Care Reimbursement Program

  • Reimbursement up to $405 per year for glasses, contacts and eye exam co-pays
  • Spouse/domestic partner/dependents may be added at an additional cost to the employee
  • Coverage begins on the 1st of the month following the employee's first 30 days of employment

Long-Term Disability Insurance

  • Administered by The Hartford
  • OWASA pays for 100% of the cost
  • Benefit is equal to 60% of basic monthly compensation with a maximum of $3,500 per month
  • Eligibility for disability insurance begins after 6 months of employment; coverage begins after 3 months of disability

Life Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance & Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

  • Administered by The Hartford
  • OWASA pays for 100% of the cost
  • Life Insurance/accidental death benefit is 2 times annual salary with a $100,000 maximum
  • Spouse/domestic partner/dependent life insurance coverage ($5,000) is provided at no cost to the employee

Retirement

  • OWASA participates in the North Carolina Local Government Employees' Retirement System
  • Required 6% pre-tax biweekly deduction contributed by the employee; OWASA's contribution is determined annually by the Retirement System

Supplemental Retirement

  • Employees may voluntarily participate in a 457 Deferred Compensation Program administered by Nationwide or the International City Management Association-Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC)
  • Contributions by OWASA are 3% of salary; $1,300 minimum annual contribution 

Paid Leave

  • 8 hours to 18 hours of annual leave is earned per month depending on length of service
  • 8 hours of sick leave is earned per month
  • 1 (8 hour) day of Personal leave is granted per year
  • Other types of leave include: Bereavement, Parental, Civil, and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Paid holidays include: New Year's Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days) and Christmas (3 days).

Employee Assistance Program

  • Provides free, confidential and professional services to employees and their immediate family to help resolve personal problems before they disrupt personal or work life.

Other Benefits

  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Educational Reimbursement
  • Bonus Pay for Additional Professional Certifications related to one's job
  • Bonus Pay for Additional Education related to one's job
  • Spot Bonus Program
  • Referral Fee
  • Membership available in the State Employees Credit Union/Local Government Federal Credit Union