The State of Maryland is comprised of a number of independent personnel systems. This webpage provides information concerning the State Personnel Management System (SPMS), which is an independent personnel system within the Executive Branch of Maryland State government.

As an employer of choice, we understand the importance of family and children. Our family-friendly policies offer the support and flexibility you need at work and at home. Among the many benefits of working for an agency within the SPMS, we provide:

Leave Benefits

Our generous leave package for permanent State employees includes from ten to 25 days of annual (vacation) leave per year, depending on seniority, as well as six personal days each calendar year. In addition, the State offers eleven paid holidays and fifteen days of sick leave per year.

We also offer paid parental leave to eligible permanent State employees to care for and nurture children within 6 months of birth or within 6 months of an adoption of a child under 6 years of age.

Although more limited, the State offers other forms of paid time off to a majority of our contractual staff.

Our leave policies also adhere to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993.

Health Coverage

When you come to work for the State of Maryland, as a permanent State employee (or a contractual employee who works at least 30 hours per week or an average of 130 hours a month for a period greater than 90 consecutive days), you and your family may benefit from our medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage. You also may be eligible for life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance plans at low group rates.

For eligible contractual employees, medical and prescription drug coverage elected for the Employee and any eligible dependents will be subsidized at 75%. Enrollment by the employee in dental, term life, spouse life, child life, and/or accidental death and dismemberment coverage will be paid entirely by the employee.

Reduced Child and Health Care Costs

Working for the Maryland State Personnel Management System entitles permanent State employees to participate in Healthcare and Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Accounts. These plans allow eligible employees to save, on a pretax basis, for healthcare and dependent care costs incurred during the plan year.

Retirement Benefits​

Maryland State employees are eligible for participation in a contributory defined benefit pension plan in which they are vested after ten years. State employees are also eligible to participate in two supplemental retirement plans: the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and the 401(k) Savings and Investment Plan.​

Flexible Work Schedules​

Employees of the State of Maryland typically work a forty-hour work week. Many State agencies offer their employees flexible work schedules. The Teleworking Program enables eligible state employees to work at home, at a satellite office, or at a Telework Center.

Student Loan Forgiveness

Employees with the State of Maryland are eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. ​ Participants that meet all requirements may qualify for forgiveness on the remaining balance on his or her Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time in a qualifying public service position.  ​
To learn more about PSLF, please visit the Student Loan Repayment Benefits​ page. 

​Free Mass Transit Benefit​

Permanent State employees are entitled to use the Baltimore Light Rail, the Baltimore Metro Subway, the Baltimore Bus Service (Local Bus Service and Express Bus Service), as well as the following Baltimore Region Commuter Bus Routes:

  • Route 210 (Kent Island and Annapolis to Downtown Baltimore)
  • Route 215 (Downtown Baltimore and Cromwell Station to Annapolis)
  • Route 310 (Columbia to Downtown Baltimore/Johns Hopkins Hospital)
  • Route 320 (Downtown Baltimore to Jessup/Columbia)
  • Route 410 (Churchville and all stops in Harford County to Downtown Baltimore)
  • Route 411 (White Marsh and Hickory and all stops in Harford County to Downtown Baltimore)​
  • Route 420 (White Marsh, U.S. 40 and Ebenezer Rd. and​ Union Ave. to Downtown Baltimore)
There is no charge to the permanent State employee with a valid State ID card. This benefit can be used any time of the day or evening, including weekends. The Free Mass Transit Benefit does not include MARC trains, commuter buses that
serve Washington, D.C., or any special event buses. For all transit schedules and maps, including MTA’s commuter bus map showing the Baltimore buses, please click: Transit Schedules.

There are other programs that might interest you, including the Guaranteed Ride Home and Maryland Rideshare​ programs. Click on the hyperlinks for more information.

Additional Benefits



hands hold coin change with a tree growing out $600 Match

​Starting July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 (FY24) the match to employee contributions to the Maryland State and Teacher Supplemental Retirement Plans (MSRP) 401(k), 457(b) and 403(b) has been funded for up to $600. This means that for every dollar an employee​contributes during FY 2024, the state of Maryland will contribute a dollar on the employee'​s behalf until the maximum of $600 
is reached.  ​​

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