There are many benefits to working for the State of Texas and with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).
Health insurance for new state employees is effective the first day of the month following their 60th day of employment. After this time, the state pays 100% for a full-time employee's health coverage and one half the premium for part-time employees. Dependent coverage is also available, and the state pays part of the premium.
Other insurance benefits include dental coverage, disability coverage, term life and accidental death and dismemberment. There is no waiting period to enroll in this coverage.
Sick time, annual leave, and holidays
Full-time employees earn 96 hours of sick leave each year of state service and will earn a minimum of 96 hours a year of annual leave. As employment service continues, an employee's annual leave accrual increases, and the employee may also be eligible for longevity pay. Employees also get days off as indicated on the state holiday schedule maintained by the State Auditor’s Office.
State employees are required to participate in the retirement program. The employee contributes 9.5% of their gross salary to the retirement program, and the state contributes an equal amount. The contributions are combined when the employee retires. The retirement program and insurance program are administered by the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS). Supplemental retirement plans are also available through a Deferred Compensation Plan (457) and Texa$aver (401K) as well as a Roth option for both plans.
TDI has some benefits unique to the agency. These non-monetary benefits include:
- Flexible work hours.
- Compressed work weeks.
- Longevity service.
- Recognition awards.
- Employee Assistance Program, which provides free counseling, training, and mental health resources.
TDI also offers employees participation in the Texas Legal Protection Plan, an employee-paid legal insurance program.
TDI is located in Austin in the Capitol Complex’s Barbara Jordan State Office Building, 1601 Congress Ave. The Division of Workers' Compensation, the Office of Injured Employee Counsel, and the Office of Public Insurance Counsel are also in the Barbara Jordan Building.
The Barbara Jordan Building is within walking distance of the State Capitol, other government offices, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It also is close to several bus stops. For route details or assistance, visit the Capital Metro website.
Barbara Jordan Building amenities:
- The Capitol Complex Child Care Center.
- A café that serves state employees and visitors.
- Break and lactation rooms on each floor.
- Conference facilities on the second floor.
- Fitness and wellness areas with showers.
TDI also maintains field offices around the state. TDI's Windstorm division has offices along the Texas coast in Angleton, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and LaMarque. The State Fire Marshal's Office also has employees stationed throughout the state. In addition, for assistance with workers' compensation claims, there are 20 walk-in field offices to serve the public: Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ft. Worth, Houston East, Houston West, Laredo, Lubbock, Lufkin, Midland, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler, Waco, and Weslaco.
Another employee benefit is free underground parking close to the building.
TDI offers educational opportunities for work-related employee development including higher education, non-traditional education, online training, or courses not credited toward a degree. For details, please visit TDI’s Tuition Reimbursement policy.