Total Compensation Package

Between Miami and other agencies in the southwest Ohio region, you can enjoy a rich variety of cultural, recreational, social, and athletic activities. Beyond these fringe opportunities, the University offers eligible employees a wide array of benefits. Unless otherwise noted, you must be appointed to a position for longer than one semester (for 30 or more hours per week) or 75% (or greater) full-time employment (FTE) to be eligible for the following university benefits.

Please note: This material is only intended to be a summary and should not be relied upon as complete descriptions of the University benefit programs. Miami establishes benefits on an annual basis and reserves the right to modify such benefits. In the event anything stated herein differs from any law, policy or contract, now or in the future, the law, policy or contract shall govern.

Healthcare Insurance

Health

We offer benefit-eligible employees health insurance plans administered by United Healthcare/UMR. Faculty and staff pay a portion of the cost for healthcare and may choose between two plans:

  • High deductible plan with a health savings account
  • Traditional PPO plan

In addition, Healthy Miami is a long-term wellness initiative providing employees and spouses resources to more effectively manage their health and health care. Participation in the Premium Discount Program is free, voluntary, and completely confidential.

Dental Coverage

Miami University offers to benefit-eligible employees a dental insurance program administered through Delta Dental. This care program is comprised of two plans: basic and enhanced. Faculty and staff pay a portion of the cost for dental care.

Voluntary Vision Insurance

We offer benefit-eligible employees a voluntary vision insurance plan administered through VSP. Faculty and staff pay the full cost for the plan.

Health

Health

We offer benefit-eligible employees health insurance plans administered by United Healthcare/UMR. Faculty and staff pay a portion of the cost for healthcare and may choose between two plans:

  • High deductible plan with a health savings account
  • Traditional PPO plan

In addition, Healthy Miami is a long-term wellness initiative providing employees and spouses resources to more effectively manage their health and health care. Participation in the Premium Discount Program is free, voluntary, and completely confidential.

Dental

Dental Coverage

Miami University offers to benefit-eligible employees a dental insurance program administered through Delta Dental. This care program is comprised of two plans: basic and enhanced. Faculty and staff pay a portion of the cost for dental care.

Voluntary Vision

Voluntary Vision Insurance

We offer benefit-eligible employees a voluntary vision insurance plan administered through VSP. Faculty and staff pay the full cost for the plan.

Additional Insurance

Long-Term Disability

The University pays the full cost for a long-term disability insurance plan for all benefit-eligible employees.

The benefit begins after a waiting period of 180 days of disability. It provides 50% of an employee's monthly base earnings to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month (offset by any benefits received from other employer or government sources, including, but not limited to, disability benefits from Social Security, the state retirement system, and Workers' Compensation).

Please note: Provisions for total and permanent disability retirement are contained in the policies of the state Retirement systems.

Term Life

Miami pays the full cost of group term life insurance for all benefit-eligible employees. The amount of insurance is two times the employee's annual contract salary (maximum of $700,000). This insurance amount reduces after an employee turns 65, but a minimum amount of $5,000 will continue until termination of employment. See Life Insurance for additional details.

Benefit-eligible employees and their eligible dependents may choose to purchase additional, voluntary group term life insurance. Employees pay the total cost of this additional life insurance. See Voluntary Life and Accidental Death Insurance for coverage amounts.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

The University pays the total cost for an employer-provided accidental death and dismemberment insurance all benefit-eligible employees. The death benefit (principal sum) is the same amount as the amount of group life insurance.

Benefit-eligible employees and eligible dependents may also purchase voluntary accidental death and dismemberment insurance. The employee pays the total cost of this additional insurance. See Voluntary Life and Accidental Death Insurance for premium amounts and benefit details. 

Long-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

The University pays the full cost for a long-term disability insurance plan for all benefit-eligible employees.

The benefit begins after a waiting period of 180 days of disability. It provides 50% of an employee's monthly base earnings to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month (offset by any benefits received from other employer or government sources, including, but not limited to, disability benefits from Social Security, the state retirement system, and Workers' Compensation).

Please note: Provisions for total and permanent disability retirement are contained in the policies of the state Retirement systems.

Term Life

Term Life

Miami pays the full cost of group term life insurance for all benefit-eligible employees. The amount of insurance is two times the employee's annual contract salary (maximum of $700,000). This insurance amount reduces after an employee turns 65, but a minimum amount of $5,000 will continue until termination of employment. See Life Insurance for additional details.

Benefit-eligible employees and their eligible dependents may choose to purchase additional, voluntary group term life insurance. Employees pay the total cost of this additional life insurance. See Voluntary Life and Accidental Death Insurance for coverage amounts.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

The University pays the total cost for an employer-provided accidental death and dismemberment insurance all benefit-eligible employees. The death benefit (principal sum) is the same amount as the amount of group life insurance.

Benefit-eligible employees and eligible dependents may also purchase voluntary accidental death and dismemberment insurance. The employee pays the total cost of this additional insurance. See Voluntary Life and Accidental Death Insurance for premium amounts and benefit details. 

Financial

Base Pay

Employee positions at Miami are designated as classified, unclassified, or faculty. We determine base pay rates for each type of position in the following ways:

Retirement

Employee earnings from a job at Miami University are not covered under Social Security. Instead, employees contribute to one of two state retirement plans:

  • Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS): for all non-faculty employees
  • State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS): for faculty

See Retirement for information about choosing plans as a new employee.

Supplemental Retirement Plans

Faculty and staff may also authorize a reduction in salary for the purpose of contributing to a supplemental retirement plan through and approved vendor:

  • 403(b) and/or 457 plan on a pre-tax basis
  • Roth 403(b) plan on a post-tax basis

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program

Benefit-eligible employees may participate in the University's Medical and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Programs  by enrolling on an annual basis.

An FSA is used by depositing earning through payroll deduction into an account. Employees can then make withdrawals to reimburse themselves for eligible medical and dependent care expenses. Deposits are handled on a pre-tax basis.

Tuition Fee Waiver

Through the tuition fee waiver, benefit-eligible employees may enroll for undergraduate or graduate courses without paying the instructional fee or out-of-state tuition for those courses. Employees must pay for the general fee, other special fees, and charges for a course. See Explanation of Fees for details on fees.

After employees complete three continuous years of full-time Miami employment, the tuition fee waiver benefit is extended to cover spouses and dependent children.

Base Pay

Base Pay

Employee positions at Miami are designated as classified, unclassified, or faculty. We determine base pay rates for each type of position in the following ways:

Retirement

Retirement

Employee earnings from a job at Miami University are not covered under Social Security. Instead, employees contribute to one of two state retirement plans:

  • Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS): for all non-faculty employees
  • State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS): for faculty

See Retirement for information about choosing plans as a new employee.

Supplemental Retirement Plans

Faculty and staff may also authorize a reduction in salary for the purpose of contributing to a supplemental retirement plan through and approved vendor:

  • 403(b) and/or 457 plan on a pre-tax basis
  • Roth 403(b) plan on a post-tax basis

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Programs

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program

Benefit-eligible employees may participate in the University's Medical and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Programs  by enrolling on an annual basis.

An FSA is used by depositing earning through payroll deduction into an account. Employees can then make withdrawals to reimburse themselves for eligible medical and dependent care expenses. Deposits are handled on a pre-tax basis.

Tuition Fee Waiver

Tuition Fee Waiver

Through the tuition fee waiver, benefit-eligible employees may enroll for undergraduate or graduate courses without paying the instructional fee or out-of-state tuition for those courses. Employees must pay for the general fee, other special fees, and charges for a course. See Explanation of Fees for details on fees.

After employees complete three continuous years of full-time Miami employment, the tuition fee waiver benefit is extended to cover spouses and dependent children.

Personal

Vacation Time

The amount of vacation time accrued by full-time employees depends on years of service and position type.

Sick and Parental Leaves

Benefit-eligible Miami employees earn 15 days of sick leave per year. Individuals with prior Ohio Public Service may be eligible to transfer unused sick leave from their prior public employer to Miami University.

To support personal and family life, the University provides all benefit-eligible employees with paid parental leave.

See Leaves and Time Off for other types of leave (e.g., bereavement).

Childcare Center

The Miami University Child Development Center, operated by Mini University, on the Oxford campus both meets and enhances Miami University’s core mission of being centered on teaching, research and public service.

The Center is a high-quality, on-site childcare and educational facility that will assist faculty, staff and students to balance the demands of education, career, and family life. It has a proven record of providing the highest quality of education and childcare for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.

The center is licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Director of the Center can assist parents in determining whether or not they are income-eligible to receive a Title XX grant from the county in which they reside. These grants can reduce a parent’s weekly childcare fees.

Childcare options are also available on the Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

Discount Tickets

Numerous area entertainment venues offer Miami employees and their families access to discount tickets and entry.

Vacation Time

Vacation Time

The amount of vacation time accrued by full-time employees depends on years of service and position type.

Sick and Parental Leave

Sick and Parental Leaves

Benefit-eligible Miami employees earn 15 days of sick leave per year. Individuals with prior Ohio Public Service may be eligible to transfer unused sick leave from their prior public employer to Miami University.

To support personal and family life, the University provides all benefit-eligible employees with paid parental leave.

See Leaves and Time Off for other types of leave (e.g., bereavement).

Childcare Center

Childcare Center

The Miami University Child Development Center, operated by Mini University, on the Oxford campus both meets and enhances Miami University’s core mission of being centered on teaching, research and public service.

The Center is a high-quality, on-site childcare and educational facility that will assist faculty, staff and students to balance the demands of education, career, and family life. It has a proven record of providing the highest quality of education and childcare for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.

The center is licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Director of the Center can assist parents in determining whether or not they are income-eligible to receive a Title XX grant from the county in which they reside. These grants can reduce a parent’s weekly childcare fees.

Childcare options are also available on the Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

Discount Tickets

Discount Tickets

Numerous area entertainment venues offer Miami employees and their families access to discount tickets and entry.

Development and Recognition

Job Enrichment Program

Miami's Job Enrichment Program is designed to encourage classified staff to develop strengths and talents that are meaningful and satisfying, relate to specific career opportunities at Miami, and help fulfill the mission and needs of the University. This program supports the goals outlined in the Miami 2020 Plan.

P.R.I.D.E. Award

Miami encourages the recognition of excellent performance among employees. The Miami P.R.I.D.E. Award Program (which stands for Performance Resulting in Distinguished Excellence) is a monetary-bonus program for classified and unclassified staff. These awards recognize significant employee achievements and contributions to the university. 

Longevity Bonus

The annual University Service Supplement (Longevity Bonus) recognizes the efforts of long-term classified employees. This bonus is provided by the pay and classification programs for classified staff to employees who have completed 10 or more years of service and are in active pay status with Miami University (on or before December 1 of the current year). The bonus equals 1% of the employee's annualized pay (as of December 1 of the current year).

Job Enrichment Program

Job Enrichment Program

Miami's Job Enrichment Program is designed to encourage classified staff to develop strengths and talents that are meaningful and satisfying, relate to specific career opportunities at Miami, and help fulfill the mission and needs of the University. This program supports the goals outlined in the Miami 2020 Plan.

P.R.I.D.E. Award

P.R.I.D.E. Award

Miami encourages the recognition of excellent performance among employees. The Miami P.R.I.D.E. Award Program (which stands for Performance Resulting in Distinguished Excellence) is a monetary-bonus program for classified and unclassified staff. These awards recognize significant employee achievements and contributions to the university. 

Longevity Bonus

Longevity Bonus

The annual University Service Supplement (Longevity Bonus) recognizes the efforts of long-term classified employees. This bonus is provided by the pay and classification programs for classified staff to employees who have completed 10 or more years of service and are in active pay status with Miami University (on or before December 1 of the current year). The bonus equals 1% of the employee's annualized pay (as of December 1 of the current year).