Insurance Plans

In addition to offering the opportunity to work in a casual work environment on the forefront of groundbreaking science in a highly stimulating and people-friendly work environment, JPL offers a strong package of employee benefits which include:

  • Medical and Dental Coverage - choice of four medical plans and two dental plans for employee's and eligible dependents.
  • Life, accident and long-term disability coverage to protect you and your loved ones.

Retirement Plans

  • A TIAA-CREF retirement plan (The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund) provides retirement plans at more than 15,000 universities, research centers and other non-profit institutions. Contributions by Caltech are made to the plan based on a percentage of your salary and age.
  • Vesting (your ownership of the account) is immediate.
  • Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) - Any employee with earned wages can make voluntary, pre-tax contributions to a TDA up to their maximum annual deferral amount. Investment options include guaranteed interest accounts and a variety of money market, bond, and stock funds offered by TIAA-CREF.

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation - eligible employees accrue vacation starting at 10 hours/month, (15 days per year) and can be accrued up to a maximum of 320 hours.
  • Sick Leave - eligible employees accrue sick leave starting at 8 hours/month (12 days per year) and can be accrued up to a maximum of 960 hours.
  • Holidays - eleven holidays are observed each year, plus full-time employees accrue 8 hours of personal time annually.

More Perks

  • Voluntary alternate workweek schedule (9/80 schedule)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Rideshare Assistance
  • JPL and NASA Awards
  • Tax-free spending accounts
  • Child care assistance program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Center - on-site gym, Yoga classes and Pilates classes
  • Variety of clubs - biking, hiking, etc.
  • Library and Information Resources
  • Mentoring program
  • Toastmasters International
  • In-house professional training and development
  • Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union
  • The JPL Store sells JPL and space related merchandise along with theme park discounts, movie theatre discounts, photo development services, and more

Relocation Assistance

Comprehensive relocation benefits provided for eligible employees.

Note: Benefits are available to "benefit based employees" (i.e., those in eligible employment categories who are regularly scheduled to work 20+ hours per week) and who have met any required waiting periods.

This is only a brief overview of the benefits offered by JPL. The Caltech benefits handbook provides additional information about eligibility and other details of JPL's benefits programs. For more details, visit http://hr.caltech.edu/Benefits/Benefits_Handbook.htm.