Employees in regular budgeted positions receive the following benefits:


The wage is listed on the job announcement. For job announcements listing wage range, appointments are normally made at the minimum rate.


Employees are required to participate in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement Systems (PERS) plan, the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS) plan, or the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters (LEOFF) plan. Employees and Yakima County contribute jointly to the plan.

Yakima County also participates in the Social Security Program.


Yakima County provides 11 paid holidays for 2022 and 11 paid holidays for 2023.

Paid Leave

The majority of regular County employees earn Paid Time Off (PTO). PTO days are initially earned at the rate of 15 days per year. The rate increases based on length of County service.  Employees may carry a maximum leave balance of 40 days.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Employees may participate in a tax-sheltered plan sponsored by the county and may defer funds from their pay checks not to exceed an amount set each year by the Internal Revenue Service. Taxes on the deferred amount are not payable until the employee actually receives the income.  Click here for a comparison of deferred compensation plans offered by Yakima County.


Health Benefits

Yakima County offers comprehensive health benefits to employees including medical, prescription, dental, vision, term life and voluntary supplemental insurance.